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The Prep School Negro (2012)

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As a teenager, Andre Robert Lee's full scholarship to attend a prestigious Philadelphia prep school was supposed to be his way up and out out of the ghetto, but this elite education came at... See full summary »

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As a teenager, Andre Robert Lee's full scholarship to attend a prestigious Philadelphia prep school was supposed to be his way up and out out of the ghetto, but this elite education came at a high personal cost. Join him as he revisits the events of his adolescence while also spending time with current-day prep school students to see how much has changed inside the ivory tower and find out who really pays the consequences for yesterday's accelerated desegregation and today's racial naivete. Written by Anonymous

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Underwhelming, confusing but still worth watching
26 February 2014 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

This documentary follows the first-person account of the struggles, internal conflicts and dilemmas of a low-income African-American that attended a prestigious prep school on a scholarship.

The premise is good, some interviews with other students and present and past teachers are very interesting, but overall I felt the documentary doesn't deliver a cogent message, especially when Robert Lee is talking to and shooting at his relatives' houses.

I got the feeling Lee is still very conflicted about his own experience at his prep school in Philadelphia, and that ambivalence unfortunately translated into a confused editing. It would have been a much more interesting documentary if the whole family drama had been put on the sidelines to explore more angles on how minority students fit in an environment that is strange to their surroundings.


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