A rabbi with a Ph.D. and a Glock teaches the children of Iowa.

"features big ideas and occasional gunfire... Holstein comes across so vividly and genuinely... feels like an argument for a certain kind of cinematic purity."

- Peter Gutierrez,


- Chicago Reader

The third film in Daniel Kraus' WORK Series, a set of independent documentaries designed to create an on-going record of the American worker.

"Endlessly intriguing...three films chronicling ordinary Americans at their rather extraordinary jobs. Their tiles are self-explanatory and deceptively simple — Sheriff, Musician and Kraus’s latest, Professor. The films, meanwhile, are anything but."

- Movieline

A college education has become part of the American dream. But what are we learning and who is teaching us?

For nearly four decades, Rabbi Jay Holstein has been one of the University of Iowa’s most popular professors. With a foul mouth, a raunchy sense of humor, and a piercing brilliance, Holstein uses massive 500-student lectures to turn inside-out the most fundamental assumptions on topics as divergent as sex, suicide, and the Holocaust. His courses, including “Quest for Human Destiny,” have become the stuff of campus legend, and between firing a Glock and running 10 miles per day, the 69-year-old Holstein spends his office hours wrestling with students over animal experimentation, alcohol use, and homosexuality.

Following the internationally acclaimed cinéma vérité of Sheriff and Musician, Professor tackles intellectual labor and in doing so grapples with some of life’s greatest and most elemental enigmas.

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