American Promise

This is another documentary (I know) but a great premise:

In 1999, filmmakers Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson enrolled their son Idris in the Dalton School in Manhattan after the private institution made a commitment to cultivating a diverse student body. Michèle and Joe decided to turn the camera on themselves to film the experiences of 5-year-old Idris and his best friend and classmate Seun. Their extraordinary documentary captures the stories of Idris, Seun, and their families from the first day of kindergarten all the way to their 2012 high school graduation. Over the 12 years, we see the boys and their families struggle with stereotypes and identity, navigate learning differences and ultimately take divergent paths on their road to graduation. We also see a vivid portrait of middle-class African-American families as the parents wrestle with doubts over their sons’ educational journey and both families grapple with how best to support their sons and interact with teachers. All of this is set against the backdrop of a persistent educational achievement gap that affects African-American children at all socioeconomic levels. Special Jury Prize, Sundance Film Festival. (132 min.) - See more at:

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  • Kendra

    Dear Friends... for those like me, who missed this documentary back in November....

    There's a new screening at the Maple Theater - next Thursday, May 15th at 6pm. Panel discussion following the showing with guests from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Detroit, University of Michigan and local male mentors. Hope see you there! Here's the link for more info & purchase advance tickets:

    May 10

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm sorry I missed meeting everyone! Work last night exhausted me, which means I overslept and had to play catch up all day. Hopefully I'll see very one next time!

    November 30, 2013

    • Rebecca

      Hope you can make it next time.

      December 1, 2013

  • Ms. C.

    Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend tonight as I had originally planned.

    November 30, 2013

  • Kay

    I'm still coming but I'm going to be running late. I hope to catch up with you after the film. :)

    November 30, 2013

    • Rebecca

      Sounds good.

      November 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Drat! already have plans.

    November 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I heard about this film when it premiered at Sundance. I'm glad to get the chance to see it!

    November 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sounds great but will have to RSVP later. Not sure now if I can join you.

    November 7, 2013

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