Seats at the Table
Update: Filming of Seats at the Table has been completed. But we’ve still got a long way to go. We’d love to have your support during these final stages.
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|Seats at the Table will be a feature documentary about UVA’s Russian Literature Professor Andrew Kaufman’s class which brings together university students with juvenile detention residents as they study classic works of Russian Literature.With its focus on the big picture ideas regarding the meaning of life, good versus evil, and our place as an individual within our society, they discuss their lives openly and honestly.
Each group’s stereotypical views are replaced by a much more nuanced understanding of each other, which belies their original preconceptions. It is a remarkably unique example of experiential learning, and past participants from both sets of students have often referred to this class as truly a life-changing experience.
Having spent years with another wonderful teacher, John Hunter, working to replicate his World Peace Game, the subject of my documentary World Peace and other 4th-Grade Achievements, I met and observed Kaufman’s class for the past two years, and was once again truly moved by another example of the unlimited potential that arises from the relationship between a masterful and compassionate teacher and his engaged students. My hope is that this film will truly inspire and teach others to consider replicating this example as a model for their own communities.
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Filming of Seats at the Table has been completed. But we’ve still got a long way to go. We’d love to have your support during these final stages.