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In this Sundance interview, Michele Stephenson and Joe Brewster offer insights into their 13-year filmmaking journey.
“First off, this experience is not over,” said director Joe Brewster. “For us it’s just getting started. It looks like we will spend the next two years of our lives using the film as a learning device.”
Watch this interview with Seun, Idris, Joe and Michele following a Sundance film screening. In the words of Michele, “There were some very tough choices we had to make for the sake of having a story that had a strong dramatic arc.”
WE OUGHT TO READ
Films that inspired or were inspired by the literary world.
The desire for successful children in a performance-based culture often consumes us before we realize it. “More is better” might innocently trickle into the mindset, but the dynamics of a competitive society can easily become a part of our daily lives.
The Huffington Post addresses teenage anxiety and depression as a result of academic pressure in the Global Search for Education.
“We’re excluded from the whites,” said Idris, describing the cafeteria as “whites on one side and blacks on the other.”
Read the full New York Times article.
“Many parents of color send their children to exclusive, predominantly white schools in an attempt to give their kids a ‘ticket to upward mobility.’ But these well-resourced institutions can fall short at nurturing minority students emotionally and intellectually.”
Read more in The Atlantic.
I CAN’T BREATHE
A set of films that shine a light on racial injustice and those who stand against it.
Did you know that black students are more likely to have their homework checked than their peers? Or that black NFL players get hit with more than 90% of unsportsmanlike penalties?
This data from Mother Jones shows the discrepancies between blacks and whites, and how misperceptions keep racism alight.
CNN reports on the rise of anti-black tendencies in the U.S. hindering the vision of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Read more about this much-needed act.