BCPS Students Hear from French Film Actor and Writer Inspired by Holocaust Survivor

Thursday, October 20, 2016
Ahmed Dramé, writer and actor of the film Once in a Lifetime, spoke to students at Flanagan High School on Tuesday, October 18, 2016. Dramé shared his personal story when a history teacher encouraged his 10th grade class to create a project for the National Contest for Resistance and Deportation, which is the basis for the film.  As part of the project, Leon Zyguel, a Holocaust survivor, spoke to students in France.  This experience inspired Dramé to co-write the screenplay with director Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar to tell the story while honoring his teacher and classmates.

Dramé traveled from France to South Florida to visit local schools including Western High School, Everglades High School, Cypress Bay High School and Flanagan High School with coordination by Florida Atlantic University’s Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education.

Pictured: Students from Flanagan High School listen to Ahmed Dramé speak about how his history teacher and a Holocaust survivor made a lasting impact in his life and inspired this film. 

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