Elementary Genocide: “From Primary To Penitentiary” is a must see documentary, executive produced by award winning journalist/filmmaker Rahiem Shabazz. Elementary Genocide is a wake up call to preserve the African-American community’s most valuable commodity, our youth.
The documentary appeals to a wide general viewership by addressing the social, cultural, political and personal ramifications of how the federal government allots money to each state, to build prisons based on the failure rate of 4th and 5th graders. In America, where half of the 4th grade is reading below grade level, Elementary Genocide serves as a striking reminder of a flawed system in need of repair.“The School To Prison Pipeline is a system that built a highway into prison, but barely a sidewalk out”.- Rahiem Shabazz-
Elementary Genocide consists of candid interviews and voice-over narration culled from original interviews from professors, teachers, best selling authors, children, parents, celebrities, etc. A few notable appearances are made by Dr. Umar Abdullah Johnson, Dr. Boyce Watkins, Supreme Understanding, Dr. Torrence Stephens, Tracey Syphax, Killer Mike, Kadidra Stewart, Edward M. Garnes Jr., Okorie Johnson and Sistah Iminah.
Rasha Entertainment will premiere award-winning filmmaker and music journalist Rahiem Shabazz’s latest documentary “Elementary Genocide: From Primary to Penitentiary” documentary in Atlanta, GA on Monday, January 20th, 2014 to commemorate the Martin Luther King holiday weekend. Shabazz says he envisioned introducing the film on King holiday to honor the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and to encourage the community to continue pushing towards the fulfillment of King’s dream.
The premiere of “Elementary Genocide” will be followed with roundtable discussion and Q&A featuring director Rahiem Shabazz, Dr. Torrance Stephens, notable hip hop artist Killer Mike, Supreme Understanding, Kalonji Changa, Edward Garnes Jr and more.
"This premiere is intended to open up critical dialogue around the consequences of the failing school system and the prison industrial complex and what is needed to achieve social change,” Shabazz explains.
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