Browse Archive


photo © Evgeny Revvo

Education is one of our most valuable resources. This is a rare look behind the scenes, this is a story of three young teachers in the making that are thrown in the (harsh) reality of the German educational system. TO BE A TEACHER is the emotional story of three young teachers and their first years in school, a period called “Referendariat” in Germany. Here they come to realize that their studies did not prepare them at all for what it means to work in one of the most responsible and important jobs of society. A rare insight into fabricating one of the most essential resources of modern times: education. A coming-of-age story about three young people whose idealism clashes with a harsh reality.

Jakob Schmidt was born in 1989. He has worked in journalism and completed several production internships. A student at the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF, his films include: the shorts I'D RATHER BE A MURDERER (2012), 517 FÜWATOWN (doc, 2012), RESTLESS (2013), STORM CELLS (2015), and his feature-length documentary TO BE A TEACHER (2016).
Genre Educational
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2016
Director Jakob Schmidt
Screenplay Jakob Schmidt
Cinematography David Schittek, Evgeny Revvo, Jakob Schmidt
Producer Marie-Luise Scharf
Production Company Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF, in co-production with ZDF Das kleine Fernsehspiel
Length 101 min
Format DCP, color, 1:1.78
Original Version
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby Digital 5.1
Festivals DOK Leipzig 2016, Crossing Europe Linz 2017
German Distributor Weltkino Filmverleih/Leipzig

World Sales
Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF
Cristina Marx
Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF
Marlene-Dietrich-Allee 11
14482 Potsdam-Babelsberg/Germany
phone +49-3 31-6 20 25 64
fax +49-3 31-6 20 25 68