Join WXXI for a special screening of a film that traces the experiences of an African-American boy and his friend at a prestigious private school for 13 years. Discussion to follow after the film.
WXXI will host a special screening of American Promise on Wednesday, February 12 from 6:30-9pm at the Little Theatre (240 East Avenue) in Theatre 1. The screening is free and open to the public.
The screening will be followed by a panel discussion led by WXXI News' Education Reporter Hélène Biandudi Hofer.
Confirmed Panelists include:
- Donna Harris, PhD, Assistant Professor at The University of Rochester Warner School in Educational Leadership;
- Theresa J. Woodson, Director of the Urban-Suburban Program at Monroe #1 BOCES; and
- Toyin Anderson-Willis is a 2013 graduate of Parent Leadership Training Initiative and a Rochester mom.
The conversations around this film have been very insightful, and we hope that the discussion will continue. Check out the video of highlights from WXXI's screening event talkback panel on 2/12/14
The event is part of WXXI's American Graduate initiative. ALSO this film is part of the African American Educational Awareness Film Series – local partner credits are: Pothos Productions, Freedom Trail Commission, WHTK-1280 AM What’s Goin on with Brown & Allen, and Community Place of Greater Rochester CAPP Program.
American Promise spans 13 years as Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson, middle-class African-American parents in Brooklyn, New York, turn their cameras on their son, Idris, and his best friend, Seun, who make their way through Manhattan’s Dalton School, one of the most prestigious private schools in the country. Chronicling the boys’ divergent paths from kindergarten through high school graduation, this provocative, intimate documentary presents complicated truths about America’s struggle to come of age on issues of race, class and opportunity. Winner, U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award, 2013 Sundance Film Festival.
To hear NPR's Karen Grigsby Bates feature on the documentary, click here.
Behind the Scenes Interview with Filmmakers: Joe Brewster & Michele Stephenson
Local Support for American Graduate: Let's Make It Happen is provided by: