Hobart Shakespereans

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THE HOBART SHAKESPEAREANS is a delightful profile of one phenomenal teacher and his eager students who together touchingly demonstrate the power of education. What happens in Rafe Esquith s classroom defies the odds. With genuine passion and ironclad conviction, Esquith turns the Asian-American and Latino children of a violence-stricken central Los Angeles neighborhood on to the wonders of Shakespeare, Mark Twain, and mathematics. The Hobart Boulevard Elementary fifth-graders respond heartily, rattling off the names of Shakespeare s thirty-seven plays or doing rapid-fire arithmetic in their heads. The children are refreshingly engaged as Esquith takes them to Washington, D.C. to visit national monuments, leads them on tours of college campuses, and implores them to work hard and believe in their own self-worth. At the end of the semester they pull together--with a little help from famous actors Ian McKellen and Michael York--their final triumph: a student production of Hamlet. Through tears and laughter, this endearing troupe casts aside the conventional wisdom about the failures of education in the United States. Academy Award-nominated director Mel Stuart deftly probes the secrets of Esquith s winning strategy in a story as inspiring and rewarding as it is exceptional. DVD Features: Filmmaker Interview; Filmmaker Biography; Interactive Menus; Scene Selection Format: DVD MOVIE


Studio New Video Group
SKU 202142127
UPC 767685976234
UPC 14 00767685976234
Format DVD
Release Date 2/28/2006
Editors Note
Note Rafe Esquith is a teacher who really did make a difference. Teaching in a decrepit Los Angeles neighborhood, Esquith took it upon himself to impart the works of Shakespeare to the kids who patrol the streets by night and reluctantly turn up to school by day. As this film shows, the results were remarkable, with the majority of the kids taking to the Bard like a duck to water, largely thanks to Esquith's innovative teaching methods.
Cast & Crew
Alex Rotaru - Producer
Alex Rotaru - Cinematographer
Alex Rotaru - Editor
Ian McKellen - Featuring
Mel Stuart - Producer
Mel Stuart - Director
Michael York - Featuring
Rafe Esquith - Featuring
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2005
Catalog ID 9762
UPC 00767685976234
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 56 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Product Attributes
Actor Esquith,Rafe
Label New Video Group
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
New York Times Fine and passionate...Rafe Esquith is a genius.
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