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The fascinating complexity of high school debate gives way to a portrait of the equally complex racial and class bias of American education in Greg Whiteley's riveting documentary. ... See full summary »

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The fascinating complexity of high school debate gives way to a portrait of the equally complex racial and class bias of American education in Greg Whiteley's riveting documentary. Initially a portrait of top-flight debaters from well-funded, mostly white schools-like nationally ranked Sam Iola and Matt Andrews of Highland Park, Texas-the film deepens when it changes focus to Richard Funches and Louis Blackwell from Long Beach's Jordan squad. While gifted traditional debaters in their own right, the two decide to challenge the usefulness of the jargon-filled, 400-word-per-minute style of modern debate (known as "the spread") by steering their debates toward issues of personal experience and dialogue. What is the use of refining an argument, they stress, when it does not affect the reality of a person's locale and particular life? Why must individual perspective and bias be masked? For many, these questions present such a radical interpretive shift that competitors and judges crumble ... Written by Anonymous

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Rated PG-13 for some strong language and teen smoking
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I had the good luck to see this film at the Los Angeles Film Festival. I have to admit that I was not a high school debater and know nothing of the activity, but I am glad that I went to see this film ! It is about so much more. I was completely moved by the students at Long Beach Jordan and their coach. It is a shame the Los Angeles School District does not support educational activities that truly challenge the mind. The students from the well-to-do school in Texas were just as fascinating with their own brand of outlaw mannerisms. I hope that kids from high schools all over the country will have the chance to see this film.

Where will it screen next ?


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