Posted on July 22nd, 2019
Special Screening: ‘The Teachers’ Protest’ on August 8th 2019
1942. Occupied Norway. Teachers must join the Nazi Teachers’ League and teach Nazi ideas in their classrooms. 8,000 of them write protest letters. They are threatened with salary withdrawal and the sack. Still they refuse. In a desperate attempt to break them, the Nazi government arrests 1,000 male teachers and sends them to prison camps, 300 miles inside the Arctic Circle. The education system is in chaos and now the battle begins.
Following successful launches in the UK and Norway, Jon Seal’s documentary weaves together archive footage, first-hand testimony and the skilful animation of Herlov Åmland’s poignant drawings (he was one of the imprisoned teachers) to tell this gripping story to an international audience for the first time. The Teachers’ Protest is a sad, tender and uplifting documentary exploring a completely different kind of war story – an inspiring tale of passive resistance, where the heroes fight without weapons and still win.
Thursday August 8th, 7.30pm
The Globe Inn
Tickets on sale now from The Globe and from Sallys Newsagents
Chagford resident, Yuli Sømme, will introduce the film with a short slide show about her father, Sven, a Norwegian resistance worker. He was caught taking photos of German war activities and was due to be tortured and shot, but he escaped. Two years ago Yuli and her husband Nicky returned to her roots and learnt some intriguing new research on his continuing activities as a spy.