SIERRA VISTA — A new documentary film about teaching in Southern Arizona will screen at the Buena Performing Arts Center on Thursday evening. The filmmaker, along with educators and administrators from throughout the county, will speak at a panel following the screening.
It is the second time the film, which was produced by Tucson-based organization Tucson Values Teachers (TVT), has been screened since its release in September. Selena Llamas, Southern Arizona manager at the organization Expect More Arizona, which partners with TVT to advocate for educators throughout the state, said the film follows the personal and working lives of three K-12 teachers in Tucson.
“This film gives you a really good idea of the average teacher and what their life is like,” said Llamas. “It’s two female teachers and one male, and one is in a charter school and the two others are in a public district . . . it shows them teaching in school to their students. These teachers are very open, they allowed the filmmaker to film them at home with their families, grading papers, calling parents back, so it really captures the life of a teacher, the highs and lows, if you will.”
Llamas said they will screen the film in other communities throughout Southern Arizona as well, in order to raise awareness about the reality of working as a teacher in the state and issues surrounding public education. The organization hopes that folks who have not “stepped in the classroom” for a while will come out and see the film, she said.
“We really just want anyone to come and check out the film, because teaching is a very very hard profession,” said Llamas. “If you’re not in a classroom, you don’t really understand the complexities that they go through.”
The program will last around 90 minutes, including the screening and the panel, said Llamas. More information about the documentary can be found at https://www.teachinginarizonafilm.org/.