The lives of 26 children have undergone a significant change this year.
Irena is a third grade teacher in an elementary school in the “Katamonim” neighborhood in Jerusalem, a place of poverty and unemployment. Native born Israelis and children of immigrants from Ethiopia and the former Soviet Union attend the same school. Many of the pupils can barely read or write and a few of these 8-year-olds go out and work after school.
Her private life isn’t simple either. Irena, a Russian immigrant, lives in the same neighborhood, raising her 8-year-old son on her own, in her run-down project housing apartment.
The film Teacher Irena documents a full academic year in Irena’s class. It portrays the very human, yet almost miraculous, teacher and the power of positive action in a place where so many have already given up.
- Title: Teacher Irena
- Director: Itamar Chen
- Country: Israel
- Year: 2010
- Running Time: 52 min.
- Genre: Documentary