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Winner of numerous festival awards including the prestigious Peabody, this powerful and moving film is a "must-see" for anyone who is, or has ever thought of, becoming a parent or teacher. The film chronicles the first year of five young teachers as they fight the real fight: educating our children,…
Precious Knowledge - Fighting for Mexican American Studies in Arizona Schools
Precious Knowledge reports from the frontlines of one of the most contentious battles in public education in recent memory, the fight over Mexican American studies programs in Arizona public schools. The film interweaves the stories of several students enrolled in the Mexican American Studies Program at Tucson High School with…
Tested - The Flaws in the American Public School System
The gap in opportunities for different races in America remains extreme. Nowhere is this more evident than our nation's top public schools. In New York City, where Blacks and Hispanics make up 70% of the city's school-aged population, they represent less than 5% at the city's most elite public high…
Two Million Minutes - An Examination of High School in the U.S., India and China
Regardless of nationality, as soon as a student completes the 8th grade, they have just two million minutes to prepare for college, and ultimately, a career. For some, high school is little more than a necessary rite of passage -- the standard American backdrop for prom nights, tailgate parties, and…
SelectED - Public Urban Education
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Killing Ed - An Expose of a Charter School Network
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Admissions - Student Stories from Undocumented America
This film delves into the inherent contradictions and psychological implications of undocumented students trapped at the intersection of education policy and broken immigration system. The stories of four students demonstrate both the dehumanizing effects of marginalization and their determination to receive a higher education. Experimental sound design, unsynchronized imagery, and…
PS Dance! Dance Education in Public Schools
PS DANCE!, two years in the making, interviews 16 kids and captures more than 100 students, who joyfully share the influence of dance on their daily learning. Created by award-winning dance filmmaker Nel Shelby, dance ambassador Jody Gottfried Arnhold, and dance education consultant Joan Finkelstein, PS DANCE! shows that dance…
The Lottery - Winning an Education
In a country where 58% of African American 4th graders are functionally illiterate, The Lottery uncovers the failures of the traditional public school system and reveals that hundreds of thousands of parents attempt to flee the system every year. The Lottery follows four of these families from Harlem and the…
The Lord is Not on Trial Here Today - Separation of Church & State in Public Schools
She was called "that awful woman" by her neighbors, and "that atheist mother" by newspapers across the country. Her friends stopped returning phone calls rather than risk speaking with her. She was branded a communist, and the Illinois State Legislature nearly outlawed her and her husband from ever working at…
Speaking in Tongues - 4 Kids. 4 Languages. 1 City. 1 World.
At a time when thirty one states have passed "English Only" laws, four pioneering families put their children in public schools where, from the first day of kindergarten, their teachers speak mostly in a foreign language. Speaking in Tongues follows four diverse kids on a journey to become bilingual. This…
I Learn America
In I Learn America, five resilient immigrant teenagers come together at the International High School at Lafayette and struggle to learn their new land. The International High School is a New York City public school dedicated to serving newly arrived immigrant teenagers, with more than 300 students speaking two-dozen languages…