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This Teacher (2020)

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This Teacher follows a French Muslim woman (Hafsia Herzi) as she travels to New York City from the rough neighborhoods outside of Paris to visit her childhood best friend. When the reunion proves disastrous, Hafsia steals her friend's credit card and identity, then disappears to a remote cabin upstate. Deep in the woods and alone for the first time in her life, she experiences a divine revelation of an existence without borders. But when she discovers that she is not alone on the property, Hafsia's sojourn in nature gradually descends into a terrifying study of the intolerance and suspicion she encounters and reflects back to an Islamophobic America.

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A strangely provocative film balanced between social parable and psychological horror, Mark Jackson's This Teacher watches a woman having a breakdown in a world that insists on denying its own madness.

June 9, 2020 | Full Review…

This Teacher is both a step forward in representation and a wildly enthralling viewing experience.

June 23, 2020 | Full Review…

It's a film that always seems to know exactly what it's doing, even if Jackson's intent is often baffling to the viewer.

June 8, 2020 | Full Review…

This Teacher is an exceptionally written, slyly funny yet emotionally harrowing film that is carried by Hafsia Herzi's incredible performance.

June 8, 2020 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

The setting is as important a character as Hafsia...never threatening or violent enough to be behind enemy lines, but definitely [different enough] to feel isolating.

June 2, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Herzi commands attention in the central role - her performance offers a similar potency to Helena Howard in Madeline's Madeline - as her character experiences something lurking on the knife-edge between divine revelation and mental breakdown.

May 21, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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