Saturday, January 25, 2014

American Promise

From the Pgh Filmmakers website:

"Harris Theater
January 25 to January 30
Fri: No Screening | Sat: 5:00, 8:00 | Sun: 3:00 | Mon-Thur: 7:30
Spanning 12 years in the lives of two families and winner of the Special Jury Award at Sundance, American Promise provides a rare look into African-American middle class life while exploring the common hopes and hurdles of parents navigating their children’s educational journey. In 1999, Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson turned the camera their five-year-old son and his best friend, as they entered Manhattan's prestigious Dalton School, an Ivy League farm team on the Upper East Side. Chronicling the boys' educational odyssey from kindergarten through high school graduation, this provocative film presents complicated truths about America's struggle to come of age on issues of race, class and opportunity. (Joe Brewster, Michele Stephenson; USA; 2013; 142 min)"

1 comment:

Questioner said...

Great movie. Among many other things, it shows how schools can unnecessarily make life unpleasant for parents and kids. Also has to make people a little less enthusiastic about jumping on the "academy" /try to be like a private school model, even if a (former) superintendent recommends it.