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Directed by Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar

France, 2016

Language: French

Genre: Drama 

Running Time: 105 minutes

A dedicated history teacher at a French high school, Anne Gueguen (Ariane Ascaride), is determined to give the best education she can to her underprivileged inner-city pupils. Overcoming their apathy, however, is proving to be more difficult than expected. Frustrated but undaunted, Anne tests her multicultural classroom with a unique assignment: a national competition on the theme of child victims of the Nazi concentration camps. The project is initially met with extreme resistance, until a face-to-face encounter with a Holocaust survivor changes the students’ attitudes dramatically. Despite their long-shot odds of winning, these once-rebellious teens soon begin to see one another – and themselves – in a whole new light. Once In A Lifetime demonstrates the enduring impact of the Holocaust in transforming future generations.

Once in a Lifetime 


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Winner - Audience Award
New Hampshire Jewish Film Festival 2016

Winner - Audience Award
Boston Jewish Film Festival 2015


Winner - Audience Award
Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2015


Winner - Micki Moore Award for Best Narrative Film
Toronto Jewish Film Festival 2015

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