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"American Promise" Sundance/NYFF Hit Documentary @ Lincoln Center

Filmmakers will be present at this screening.  Please buy tickets in advance & meet the group for dinner at Empire Szechuan.  Scroll down for instructions.

Tickets to this screening are currently sold-out. 

Spanning 12 years in the lives of two families, American Promise provides a rare look into black middle class life while exploring the common hopes and hurdles of parents navigating their children’s educational journey. 

The film begins in 1999, when filmmakers Joe and Michèle turned their cameras on their son and his best friend, as the boys entered kindergarten at the prestigious Dalton School. Over the years, the boys struggle with stereotypes and identity, and ultimately take divergent paths on the road to graduation. Meanwhile, the parents wrestle with doubts and angst over their sons’ future, as they juggle their high expectations with the cultural and social obstacles their sons face. 

Through the intimate experiences of these two families, the documentary reveals complicated truths about parenting, while challenging commonly held assumptions about educational access in the 21st century. Ultimately, it asks each of us: What is the American Promise?

2013 Sundance Film Festival 
2013 Venice International Film Festival 
2013 Toronto International Film Festival 
2013 New York Film Festival

“A moving document…inspiring and engrossing.” —Duane Byrge, Hollywood Reporter


The group will meet around 6:30 at Empire Szechuan, 193 Columbus Ave. I won't be looking for people at the Cinema.

Click here to purchase tickets.  This screening is certain to sell-out in advance.  If you do not purchase an advance ticket, you will miss out. 

If you're not going to be there, your RSVP should say no.  Participants are requested to be fully engaged in the meetup by refraining from all phone usage.  (Now please don't ask for my cell number.)

Please drink responsibly.

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  • Ellen


    October 21, 2013

  • jonathan

    I was able to retrieve my hat from Empire Szechuan. That delayed my trip home a little bit. As a result, I ran into one of my favorite people on the subway. Nice chain of events. Hope everyone liked the movie.

    October 19, 2013

  • jonathan

    If you don't have a ticket, please change your RSVP to "no" so I'll have a better idea about how many people to expect.

    October 18, 2013

  • jonathan

    The screening sold-out Wednesday afternoon. Can't tell if tickets will materialize. That happens sometimes.

    October 17, 2013

  • Harriet

    confused- is this sold out ? i just got a notice of the event today

    October 17, 2013

  • jonathan

    October 14, 2013

    • Sarah S.

      I got my tickets for myself and a guest. See you guys at the restaurant.

      October 15, 2013

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