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The Kindergarten Teacher

USA, 2018, 97mins, Cert.12A

Film description

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.


On Thursday 14th our 6.30pm performance of The Kindergarten Teacher will be presented in conjunction with the Birds' Eye View's Reclaim The Frame campaign, backed by the BFI, to bring ever-greater audiences to films by women to offer a wider perspective of the world. They visited us for the first time last year with Been So Long and now we are thrilled to say they’ll be back regularly, bringing the Reclaim The Frame mission to Leeds.

At this special screening there will be post-screening panel discussion hosted by Oscar-winning producer and founder of Birds' Eye View, Mia Bays. She will be joined by director Deborah Haywood (Pin Cushion), alongside poet and filmmaker Be Manzini.

As well as the panel discussion, there will also be live performances from poets Saju Ahmed and Enas Saeed, alongside Be Manzini.

Saju Ahmed is a spoken word poet and mentor who has performed nationally and internationally at brave new voices slam festival USA. He is a member of Leeds young authors and a resident poet at the Sunday practice and part of Leeds meets Miami International poetry exchange program. 

Enas Saeed is a spoken word poet who performs locally and nationally she is part of manifesto in verse writing about women’s voices, she is also a member of Leeds young authors and the voice box café Central library and the new resident Poet at the Sunday practice open mic live arts event in Leeds.

Showing as part of International Women

Throughout March, to coincide with International Women's Day (8th March) we are shining an extra bright light on fantastic female filmmakers, from across the globe.
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