Who will the sixth grade students at Jose Urbina Lopez Elementary in Matamoros become? They are among the worst performing students in Mexico, the world they know is one of violence and hardship, and an atmosphere of overbearing discipline, not possibility, dominates their classrooms. It might seem like a dead end but it is also the perfect place for new teacher Sergio Juarez to try something different. There is just one problem: Sergio has no idea what he is doing. He tries a radical new method to unlock students’ curiosity, potential – and maybe even their genius.
Christopher Zalla was born in 1974 in Kisumu, Kenya, and raised between Bolivia and Kentucky. Zalla has lectured on screenwriting at Harvard University and taught as an adjunct Professor of Directing at Columbia University’s Graduate Film School, where he previously received an MFA with Honors in Directing. Christopher Zalla previously wrote and directed his debut feature, the thriller Blood of My Blood, which won Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival.
FESTIVALS AND AWARDS
Sundance Film Festival – Festival Favorite Award
DIRECTOR: Christopher Zalla
RUNTIME: 125 ’
CAST: Eugenio Derbez, Daniel Haddad, Jennifer Trejo, Mia Fernanda Soli
PRODUCTION: 3Pas Studios, EPIC Magazine. The Lift
EU TEEN ZONE / FREE ZONE AND CINEPLEXX