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The Kindergarten Teacher - #ReclaimTheFrame with Bird's Eye View

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  • Tue 5 Mar
  • 97 minutes
  • Director: Sara Colangelo
  • Cast: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gael García Bernal, Ato Blankson-Wood, Libya Pugh, Michael Chernus, Carter Kojima
  • USA (2019)


MAGGIE GYLLENHAAL stars as Lisa Spinelli, a kindergarten teacher and poet fed up with her career, her oblivious husband and teenage kids who largely ignore her. When she discovers that a five-year-old in her class may be a poetic prodigy, Lisa becomes fascinated and tries to protect him from neglectful parents. She soon finds herself risking her career and family to nurture his talent.

This special preview screening is part of Birds' Eye View's Reclaim The Frame campaign to bring ever greater audiences to films by women to offer a wider perspective of the world.

There will be a post screening panel discussion hosted by Mia Bays who runs Birds' Eye View, the charitable pathfinder for films by women and network for those who make, show, release and watch them. She is an Oscar-winning producer of documentaries and fiction.

Panel speakers include Anna Smith; Film critic & chair of the UK Critics Circle, poet and filmmaker Be Manzini and Clinical Psychologist Dr Emily Doncaster.

You can also join us for a poetry workshop taking place in Bar Paragon after the panel discussion.

Be Manzini will lead the workshop – she is a Southern African raised in London, and her writing practice spans poetry, theatre and journalism. She has worked with the Theatre Royal Stratford East, Hoxton Hall, Tamasha and Immediate Theatre to name a few, her writing appears in numerous printed anthologies and online publications.  A workshop facilitator that specializes in creative writing and processes for empowerment; fittingly her former work has included being a Continuous Professional Development Co-ordinator for the Arts Council.  

Her first film ‘This Is Not A Thank You’ was a poetry short nominated for an international award by ‘Shot from the Lip’ , a poetry film competition by the South Bank Centre and has been screened as part of the BFI Love Festival, by Apples and Snakes and Picture House cinemas and in various festivals here and abroad. She is also the Director of Caramel Film Club which is a platform that supports and screens the work of Black actors and directors, with whom Birds’ Eye View frequently collaborate.