"[A] clarion call for society to address the importance of sound education policy in tackling the uncomfortable truths of history." - Salem Film Festival
In Germany, every student at the age of 14 is made to wrestle with the hard truths of their nation's history. But are the methods employed by educators truly serving their students? The Lesson offers a critical and artful portrait of modern teaching amidst the trouble return of right-wing extremism and ethnic scapegoating. The parallels to education in the US are readily apparent at a time when there is active debate about how schools here ought to teach our own complicated histories. Engrossing, entertaining, and more than a little troubling, The Lesson is a one-of-a-kind film that highlights the essential role that sound education has in keeping history from repeating itself.