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We the Parents (2013)

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A feature documentary film that follows a courageous group of parents in Compton, California who lead the first-ever attempt to take over their failing public elementary school using California’s new “Parent Trigger” law. While the heart of the film follows the parents’ struggle in Compton, the film also explores the origins of the "Parent Trigger" law and spread of this movement across the nation. WE THE PARENTS attempts to provide an honest and balanced depiction of events through a combination of verité footage and interviews, while using animation to explain complex concepts in an entertaining way. Experts, parents, organizers, journalists, school officials, and politicians provide key insights and lessons learned from the first implementation of the law. While many recent documentaries have highlighted the crisis of our education system, WE THE PARENTS examines a potential solution by following everyday parents in their extraordinary effort for their children. The idea of giving power to parents is an untested one, and the film follows every step of the significant controversy, drama, and legal battles that ensue when parents attempt to exercise their rights. As news spreads about the events in Compton, the film tracks the ripple effect of these parents’ efforts as the idea of a “Parent Trigger” spreads to other communities in California and across the country.


Movie Details

Domestic Releases: August 16th, 2013 (Limited)
Video Release: August 22nd, 2017 by Virgil Films and Entertainment
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 61 minutes
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Keywords: Political, Teachers, Agitprop
Source:Based on Real Life Events
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Factual
Production Companies: Go for Broke Pictures
Production Countries: United States


Pastor Kerry Allison    Himself
Ben Austin    Himself
Jason Bartlett    Himself
Kevin Daniels    Himself
Mari Falcone    Herself
Clay Crutchfield    Himself
Burt Welleford    Himself
Jun Yao    Himself
Antonio Villaraigosa    Himself
Mary Najera    Herself

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Production and Technical Credits

Jennifer Welsh Takata    Screenwriter
James Takata    Screenwriter
Jennifer Welsh Takata    Producer
James Takata    Producer
Kenneth Li    Executive Producer
Libby Cuenin    Editor
Michael John Mollo    Composer
Milton Santiago    Director of Photography

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