America to Me

Invited

This stunning ten-part documentary series from director Steve James offers a profound examination of diversity and equity at Oak Park and River Forest High School in Chicago. With incredible access to the school—home to over 3,000 students, nearly half of whom identify as people of color—the series takes us inside classrooms, administrative meetings, and even school board discussions to consider how race and resources play a role in students’ and educators’ ability to succeed. These issues emerge from a variety of remarkably personal stories—a wrestler aiming to lose weight so he can start on the varsity team, a freshman excited to attend his first school dance, or a teacher struggling to break through to a promising student. Observational footage and in-depth interviews highlight moments of connection and friction, achievements and missteps, revealing the ways that bias manifests across the institution. By turns affirming and distressing, America to Me is immense in both scale and heart. This program features the first two one-hour episodes of the series.  ST

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Director

Steve James

Segment Directors

Bing Liu, Rebecca Parrish, Kevin Shaw

Producers

John Condne, Risé Sanders-Weir

Executive Producers

Jeff Skoll, Diane Weyermann, Steve James, Gordon Quinn, Justine Nagan, Betsy Steinberg

Associate Producer

Stephanie Rae Smith

Editors

Leslie Simmer, David E. Simpson

Associate Editor

Rubin Daniels Jr.

Cinematographers

Kevin Shaw, Rebecca Parrish, Bing Liu, Steve James

Additional Cinematographys

Janea Smith, Alanna Schmelter

Composer

Joshua Abrams

Release Year

2018

Festival Year

2018

Country

United States

Run Time

120 minutes