Using previously unreleased archival material in addition to contemporary interviews, this academy award-winning documentary tells the story of the Frank family and presents the first ... See full summary »
Isaac Stern's cultural tour of China is seen, with the master violinist performing and mentoring young Chinese musicians. He visits rehearsals of the Peking Opera, meeting with their ... See full summary »
Five Jewish Hungarians, now U.S. citizens, tell their stories: before March, 1944, when Nazis began to exterminate Hungarian Jews, months in concentration camps, and visiting childhood ... See full summary »
Celebrates Sister Rose Thering, for 67 years a Dominican nun. Her passion is anti-Semitism. Archival footage looks at her growing up in Wisconsin and taking the veil in her teens. ... See full summary »
In the mid-1960s, 1200 White people attend Augustana Lutheran Church in Omaha, Nebraska. Nearby, Negro Lutherans worship at Hope Lutheran Church. Reverend Bill Youngdahl, Augustana's pastor... See full summary »
A young poet living in the North Wales countryside competes for the most coveted prize of all in Welsh Poetry - that of the chair of the National Eisteddfod, a tradition dating back a ... See full summary »
A documentary that tracks five years and three generations of a Chicago family's life in public housing. The murder of a family member has an immediate impact, but eventually changes them toward a more positive outlook on life in the end.
In this film made over ten years, filmmaker Barbara Sonneborn goes on a pilgrimage to the Vietnamese countryside where her husband was killed. She and translator (and fellow war widow) Xuan... See full summary »
In 1961, Robert Young and Michael Roemer shot a gritty documentary in Palermo's Cortile Cascino, a slum reserved for rag pickers and scavengers. Thirty years later, Young's son and ... See full summary »
I Am a Promise: The Children of Stanton Elementary School (1993)
*** (out of 4)
Oscar-winning documentary takes a look at the various issues at a South Philadelphia middle school where over 90% of the students are living in poverty with a single parent. Filmmakers Alan and Susan Raymond who spent a year at the school where they captured the drugs, the lack on income and various other issues that really makes one wonder what hope any of these students have. There's no doubt that this film comes with a message and that's the fact that no child should go without any education. Throughout the film we're reminded that these children have very little hope and in the end we're given a message that so much more needs to be done for these inner city schools. I think anyone watching the film can see that more could be done and I'm sure most would agree that every child needs an education but the really strange thing about this documentary is that it shines the light on some very bad students who are really bringing their entire classes down. You really do wonder about some of these students and ask yourself if their lack of respect and discipline are really hurting those around them who might want to get an education or try to better themselves. Even worse are seeing some of the parents who simply don't care about the problems of their children, which to me is what the message should have really been. What are the schools to do when the children don't want to learn and their parents don't care if they learn? Overall the documentary is well made and takes a look at a big problem without really giving any answers for ways to improve it.
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