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The one-room schoolhouse, where one teacher instructs several grades at once, is generally regarded a quaint thing of the past and a symbol of obsolete and ineffective teaching methods. However, the documentary To Be and to Have offers an in-depth look at a small school in rural France where one remarkable man has been doing the job of a small teaching staff for 20 years, and has taught several generations of bright and capable children along the way. Georges Lopez is an educator at a small school in France's Auvergne region, where between December 2000 and June 2001 he taught 12 students between the ages of four and ten. Employing a curriculum that embraces both academics and practical skills, Lopez and his school represent a surprising mix of the old and the new, where computer technology and old-fashioned memorization of the multiplication tables sit side by side. To Be and to Have captured Georges Lopez near the end of his career in education -- shortly after the film was completed, he retired after 35 years as a teacher. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:February 7, 2003

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
French Academy of Cinema Nicolas Philibert Best Editing 2002 Winner
French Academy of Cinema Nicolas Philibert Best Director 2002 Nominee

Cast

Georges Lopez
as Himself

Crew

Nicolas Philibert
Director
Gilles Sandoz
Producer
Nicolas Philibert
Cinematographer
Laurent Didier
Cinematographer
Hugues Gemignani
Cinematographer
Katell Dijan
Cinematographer
Philippe Hersant
Composer (Music Score)
Nicolas Philibert
Editor
Serge Lalou
Associate Producer
Gilles Sandoz
Executive Producer
Julien Cloquet
Sound/Sound Designer
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