In fall 2006, former DJ, point guard and teacher James O’Brien opened a small public high school in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, where 1/3 of residents live below the poverty line and the graduation rate is 40%. With infectious optimism, O’Brien and his team of eight undertook an unconventional approach and ambitious mission: create a school with an arts-oriented curriculum that also emphasizes self-development, community collaboration and social change. Initially, the buzz from everyone was that this was a dream come true. But conflicts arose when untested idealism was challenged by long-standing realities far bigger than school. Over four years, this verité film follows the journey of students, parents and educators striving to make a difference in the futures of young people whose lives are stark representations of our country’s education and opportunity gaps. Through the prism of one inner-city public school, we witness complexities faced by urban public schools and communities everywhere.
96% - Upright
|Video Release:||February 3rd, 2015 by Kino Lorber|
|Running Time:||87 minutes|
|Comparisons:||Create your own comparison chart…|
|Source:||Based on Real Life Events|
|Production Method:||Live Action|
|Production Countries:||United States|