Detroit Film Theatre


AMERICAN PROMISE

Friday, November 29, 2013

7:00 PM Detroit Film Theatre

(USA/2013—directed by Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson)

In 1999, filmmakers Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson enrolled their son Idris in the Dalton School in Manhattan after the private institution made a commitment to cultivating a diverse student body. Michèle and Joe decided to turn the camera on themselves to film the experiences of 5-year-old Idris and his best friend and classmate Seun. Their extraordinary documentary captures the stories of Idris, Seun, and their families from the first day of kindergarten all the way to their 2012 high school graduation. Over the 12 years, we see the boys and their families struggle with stereotypes and identity, navigate learning differences and ultimately take divergent paths on their road to graduation. We also see a vivid portrait of middle-class African-American families as the parents wrestle with doubts over their sons’ educational journey and both families grapple with how best to support their sons and interact with teachers. All of this is set against the backdrop of a persistent educational achievement gap that affects African-American children at all socioeconomic levels. Special Jury Prize, Sundance Film Festival. (132 min.)

“This massive undertaking is engrossing, moving and inspiring.” –Duane Byrge, The Hollywood Reporter 

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