Director Jeremy Teicher at free film screening for high school classes – Monday, Oct. 28

A project of the Northwest Film Center School of Film


As part of the Northwest Film Center’s series Voices In Action: Human Rights on Film Global Classroom presents a special free screening of Tall As The Baobab Tree (Grand Comme Le Baobab), a Senegalese drama about one girl’s efforts to save her young sister from an arranged marriage.

The film will be introduced by director Jeremy Tiecher, one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film for 2013. Following the screening Jeremy will hold a Q&A with the students about the film and his experiences living and working in Senegal.

The screening will be held on Monday, October 28th at 11 am and is free of charge for high school students and teachers. It will be screened at the Whitsell Auditorium at the Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave.

If you are a high school teacher interested in bringing your students to this this exciting event, please click here to download our reservation form and return it, via email, to

Want to provide a free lunch to your students after the screening?
Chipotle Mexican Grill is offering lunch for free to participating Global Classroom students. Check the box on the reservation form to indicate interest and we will be in touch with you with details. Requests for free lunch must be made by October 1st, 2013.

Tall as the Baobab Tree
DIRECTOR: Jeremy Teicher
TALL AS THE BAOBAB TREE poignantly depicts a family struggling to find its
footing on the edge of the modern world fraught with tensions between tradition
and modernity. Coumba and her little sister Debo are the first to leave their
family’s remote African village, where meals are prepared over open fires and
water is drawn from wells, to attend school in the bustling city. But when an
accident suddenly threatens their family’s survival, their father decides to sell 11-
year-old Debo into an arranged marriage. Torn between loyalty to her elders and
her dreams for the future, Coumba hatches a secret plan to rescue her younger
sister from a future she did not choose. (85 mins.)


The Northwest Film Center School of Film’s Global Classroom Program brings the best in new world cinema to high school students through free screenings during the Portland International Film Festival and throughout the school year. Screenings take place in the Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium, inside the Portland Art Museum.

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