Friday 15th May
Tomorrow sees an online Q and A with members of the National Nordic Museum in Seattle. Members have been watching the film in their homes over the last two weeks and will have the chance to log in and join a Q and A with Erik and Jon. Many of you will know that Erik has been involved with the film since the beginning and it was the writings of his Grandfather, Edvard, that provided the first insight into the story for the film. Erik has loads of interesting stories to tell so this should be a fascinating event.
Monday 4th May
It will be no surprise to read that all screenings have been postponed due to the spread of Covid -19. We are currently exploring the options of online screenings, together with online Q and A which will be available to groups who might have been interested in booking a screening. We hope to have more news on this later in the week.
We are also thinking about DVD and download options for the film. If you would be interested in downloading or buying a DVD of the film, please get in touch via the contacts page.
In the meantime, stay safe and thanks for all the support over the last year. We all look forward to being able to pick up some kind of normal life soon.
Tuesday 24th February
The CIES festival has now become an online event. You can find out more here. The film will be one of seven films shown. This year’s theme explores stories of transformation, resistance and resilience. There are plenty of opportunities to comment on and watch the films.
Jon, together with Haldis Holst, will be taking part in an online Q and A about the film at 12 noon US EST (4pm GMT 5pm CET) on Wednesday 25th March. This is the link to the Q and A, please join us.
It’s a very exciting way forward and one of the first film festivals to experiment with the virtual online approach.
Saturday 21st February
Due to the coronavirus all screenings of the film have been postponed. As soon as we are able, we will pick up the where we left off and continue to get the film shown as widely as possible.
If the story of the Norwegian Teachers tells us anything it is about the power of solidarity and collaboration. We are all in this crisis together and it is surely through collaboration that we will find ways forward. Stay safe.
Wednesday 19th February
Wednesday 12th February We are very excited to announce that Edvard Brakstad’s diaries and letters have been added to the history section of the website https://theteachersprotest.com/history/. They make fascinating reading and we are so grateful to his grandson, Erik, for giving us permission to publish them.
Monday 10th February What a great night at Baggator, Bristol with the screening organised by Bristol Young Teachers NEU. The discussion was tremendous and great to know that the story resonates with a young audience.
Friday 31st January Yet another incredible screening organised by Erik Brakstad in USA. Erik’s father and grandfather were both involved in the protest and Erik gives fascinating talks about their actions. It was an article written by Erik’s grandfather that was an early inspiration for the film. Erik tells us that the screening at the Norse Hall in Portland was enthusiastically received by a large audience packed into a small venue and that after the credits had rolled the audience spontaneously burst into singing the Norwegian National Anthem.
We were delighted to have the opportunity to show your film and even more gratified that there was such interest and support demonstrated by our audience. Had we known, we’d have chosen one of our bigger rooms for the showing! I hope Erik shared with you that when the film ended there was a spontaneous burst of Ja Vi Elsker! Your film is a history of courageous resistance during WWII, but it certainly resonates, and inspires us today. Thank you for your excellent work! Julie Whipple
Tuesday 28th January It was a great honour for the film to be screened at the Jewish Free School in London as part of Holocaust Memorial Day. Before the film, two students, Rebecca and Josh gave the most moving and powerful account of their school visit to Poland and the concentration camps. If ever there was an example of the importance of education, it was in the inspiring message that these two young people communicated.
Cinema for all We are delighted to announce that the film will now be available in the UK through Cinema For All. Film clubs, community groups, universities and other organisations can now book the film through the Cinema For All scheme. This is a really exciting opportunity which will bring the film to an even wide network of people.
January 2020 Some really interesting screenings in the last few weeks. Wonderful to see that the support of NEU local groups continues to grow. Tony Foody tells us that the screenings in Barrow and Penrith were very well received, ‘Everyone who saw the film were glowing in their response.’ The story really resonated with an audience organised by the very energetic group of Exeter Amnesty International. Elizabeth has written an article for the Amnesty magazine and thinks the film will be taken up by many UK groups.
Finnmark Tour November 2019.
Just some images from the incredible Finnmark tour. We showed the film in 5 cities in Finnmark. The film was incredibly well received with much exciting and interesting discussion with the audiences afterwards. Norwegian audiences have really taken the film to their hearts and are rightly proud of what the teachers did. It was a particular honour to show the film in Kirkenes – the town in which many of the teachers were in prison. As we see in the film, the teachers were extremely grateful for the way the people of Kirkenes helped them in their terrible ordeal, whilst putting themselves in danger. There are many more screenings planned next year in Norway as a result of the great feedback.
Wednesday 20th November. It was a real honour to screen the film for the Executive Board of Education International. Leaders of teaching unions from 27 different countries throughout the world watched the film. The comments afterwards were very moving and the story clearly has a connection with the struggles that many face today. Many members of the board asked for film details and plan to show the film in their own countries.
Thursday 14th November. Another fascinating Q and A after the screening last night at Bath University with the UCU members. Thanks to Michael for organising such a good event. Lots of good ideas such as trying to get some more of Herlov Åmland’s drawings on the website in a special section which we will be looking into over the next few weeks.
Tuesday 5th November. Film Societies. We have a lot of interest in showing the film from film societies in the UK. Dawn Watts of Taunton Film Society writes about a recent screening.
‘Recently, Taunton Film Society showed ‘The Teacher’s Protest’ followed by a Q&A with Jon Seal, the director.
Our members and guests were overwhelmingly positive about the film with almost everyone giving it a score of 5 out of 5 on our response form. People praised Jon for unearthing such an astonishing yet unknown story and for making such a unique and gripping film. As a film society, we loved the authenticity of having the director present and he gave a fascinating talk and answered some penetrating questions.’
Just announced. We will be touring the film in Finnmark, Norway from 20th – 25th November. There will be post-screening Q and As with co-director Robert Nesje and director Jon Seal.
Subtitling is now complete. As well as English, the film is now available in Spanish, French and Norwegian. Plans for subtitling in Greek are now underway – more news on this to follow.
Thursday 24th October The film has received its BBFC classification and is rated as PG. This signals the start of the full release to cinemas in the UK.
Thursday 10th October David Edwards, General Secretary of Education International, Steffen Handal – leader of Utdanningsforbundet and Colonel Dr. John Andreas Olsen – Defence attaché for the Norwegian Embassy in the UK have all written excellent reviews of the film which can be read here https://theteachersprotest.com/review/
Haldis Holst, Deputy General Secretary of Education International has written some important words about the film. Education International is a global federation of teachers’ trade unions with some 30 million members. Her comments can be seen here https://theteachersprotest.com/review/
Monday 7th October Rose Fawbert Mills, a teacher herself, has written a wonderful review about the screening at Cavia, Amsterdam. Her comments about the reaction really capture the power that the teachers’ story has on for audience. https://theteachersprotest.com/review/
Tuesday 1st October A fantastic UK launch of the film at the NEU headquarters on Friday. We were honoured to have representatives from the Norwegian Embassy, Education International, Utdanningsforbundet and, of course, the NEU present. The response was overwhelmingly positive. There was much discussion about the relevance and importance of the story in today’s world and many strong positive ideas about how we might use a grassroots approach to promote and distribute the film. We are now looking at how we might make the film widely available internationally. Education International are being very helpful in this. If you would like to book the film for your local organisation, please do get in touch via the contacts page.
Friday 27th September Tickets are still available for Friday’s launch as part of World Teachers’ Day, at the NEU headquarters, Hamilton House, Mabledon Place, WC1H 9BD. You can register here https://neu.org.uk/event/world-teachers-day-teachers-protest The event begins at 1800 with a Q and A afterwards and a drinks reception. Tickets are free. We hope to see as many friends of the film there as possible.
Sunday 22nd September A really big week ahead. The launch at the National Education Union (co-hosted by the Norwegian Embassy) will be a fascinating occasion. Many guests from Norway will be there. Well over 150 tickets have already been sold and it looks like it will be a big audience. Also on the same night, the film will be screening at Cavia, Amsterdam, thanks to the great energy of Rose Fawbert Mills, a teacher herself. Our great friend, Erik Brakstad in the USA will be showing the film at Norway House, Minneapolis on Saturday 28th. Erik will be talking about his grandfather’s (Olav) role in the protest. Olav wrote a fascinating article in English and it was this that inspired the research for the documentary – so very fitting that Erik should be involved in the film. So nice to know that the Norwegian teachers’ story will be showing in three different countries on this weekend.
Sunday 22nd September A wonderful audience at the Plough Arts’ Centre, Great Torrington who really appreciated the film. Very interesting questions and discussion afterwards with some interesting parallels made to Danish and French resistance in WW2. One lady talked about the resistance of German teachers in the early stages of the war – a story we would really like to know more about.
Tuesday 10th September We have just finished the subtitled versions of the film in Norwegian, Spanish and French. More details will follow but in the meantime if you would like to screen any of these versions, please let us know via the contacts page.
Great to see that The Teachers’ Protest will have its first screening in the Netherlands on 27th September at Cavia, Amsterdam. More news to follow.
Monday 12th August Tickets are now on sale for the screenings at The Plough, Great Torrington, Devon on Wednesday 11th September and Sunday 22nd September. The screening on Sunday 22nd September will be followed by a Q and A. Tickets are available here.
Thursday 8th August A fantastic audience at the Globe, Chagford, to see the film as part of the build up to the Chagford Film Festival. Yuli Sømme gave a fascinating talk before the screening about her father’s role in the resistance. His story is published in Another Man’s Shoes – a republishing of his autobiography which includes the account of how Yuli and her sister retraced his miraculous escape to Sweden many years later.
Friday 26th July The film received its first US screening as part of Laborfest in San Francisco. Many thanks to Steve Zelter for organising this. Steve tells us that the discussion was fascinating and that the film speaks to an American audience.
Wednesday 10th July Fascinating to read the reviews written by students after watching the film at Skogfjorden, Minnesota, USA. The students watched the film as part of their summer camp and the comments were overwhelmingly positive. Just a selection … ’10/10 I would show it to my high school class. This made me cry, but it’s so important to talk about (age 16)’. ‘Very powerful, amazing artistic choices that enhanced the story. I loved the animation because it brought it to life in a way that wasn’t over-dramatised. Perfect balance. (age 19)’. ‘At the end. the modern teacher said: “being a teacher, you deal in hope.” That hit hard. The film skilfully and emotionally represent the true, powerful hope that these people had and the courage, the radical, integral, non-violent courage they had. (age 14).’ It is so encouraging to see that the story connects so powerful with these young people
Saturday 20th July What a great venue for a screening! Really honoured that the film was so well received at The Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival, alongside such distinguished films as Nae Passaran, The Insider and War School. A good discussion afterwards and the first time the film has been shown in a mobile cinema. Many thanks to Chris Jury for organising such a great event.
Sunday 30th June Great to hear that we have funding for Norwegian subtitles. After consultation and discussion, we are pleased to announce that the film will be available with Norwegian subtitles. Originally we thought that the film would appeal to an international audience and hence the decision to make the film in English. We understood the story is well-known in Norway. However following many requests and lots of interest for screenings in Norway, we realise that it is important to have the film available with Norwegian subtitles. Subtitles will be carried out by Matinee and we hope to have this available in the next few weeks. More news about this to follow.
Thursday 20th June Education International have agreed to fund subtitled versions of the film in French and Spanish. We are very excited to know that this will build our international audience. More news about when these versions will be available to follow.
Sunday 16th June A great discussion after tonight’s screening at Studio 74. Several members of the audience had fascinating stories about their parents and grandparents involvement in the protest and Norwegian resistance. It’s great to know that the film is gathering such positive support.
Sunday 16th June A really nice article by Lee Morgan in D and C films, which has an interview and some more background about the film.
‘What the teachers’ story tells us, is that you can fight without weapons and still win’. That’s what one of the contributors tells the documentary The Teachers’ Protest. The film, by Jon Seal, tells of steadfast resistance in the face of the Nazi regime of Second World War Norway …
The Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival (July 19th – 21st) will be screening the film in the amazing mobile cinema. Really looking forward to the discussion at this fantastic event. https://tolpuddleradicalfilm.org.uk
Very excited to learn that the film will be showing at the Laborfest, USA. More news to follow.
Wednesday 17th April – Tonight is the big night where the film will be shown for the first time in the UK. An excited audience of actors, crew, friends and families are making their way to the Phoenix.
Monday 25th March Everything is ready and we’re set up for the premiere in Oslo.
Nice article in Aktuelt – the magazine for the Norwegian Teachers’ Union about the film and the story.
Tuesday 19th February Composer Matt Pullum has just made the finish touches to the music and it will be added over the next few days.