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The Lottery -- For four Harlem children winning the lottery means access to a top education and a future. Losing means being trapped in some of the worst schools in the country.
The Lottery -- Four children enter a high-stakes lottery. If they win, they can attend one of the best schools in New York. A look at the crisis in public education, The Lottery makes the case than any child can succeed.
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Four children enter a high-stakes lottery. If they win, they can attend one of the best schools in New York. A look at the crisis in public education, The Lottery makes the case than any child can succeed. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cory Booker ... Himself

Geoffrey Canada ... Himself
Candice Fryer ... Herself
Gregory Goodwine Jr. ... Himself - Student
Gregory Goodwine Sr. ... Himself - Father
Laurie Goodwine ... Herself - Mother
Betsy Gotbaum ... Herself - NYC Elected Public Advocate
Meredith Gotlin ... Herself - Principal
Ameenah Horne ... Herself - Student
Nadiyah Horne ... Herself - Mother
Joel Klein ... Himself
Jim Manly ... Himself

Stephen Morrissey ... Supporting (as Wordsley)
Eva Moskowitz ... Herself
Eric Roachford Jr. ... Himself - Student
Eric Roachford Sr. ... Himself - Father
Nathanael Roachford ... Himself - Brother
Shawna Roachford ... Herself - Mother

Charlie Rose ... Himself - Journalist (archive footage)
Susan Taylor ... Herself
Dacia Toll ... Herself
Paul Tough ... Himself - Author and Journalist
Randi Weingarten ... Herself - UFT-NYC President (archive footage)
Christian Yoanson ... Himself - Student
Emil Yoanson ... Himself - Father

Directed by
Madeleine Sackler 
Produced by
Blake Ashman .... producer
Todd Bartels .... associate producer
Erin Lanuti .... co-producer
James Lawler .... producer
Madeleine Sackler .... producer
Ben Schellpfeffer .... field producer
Original Music by
Tunde Adebimpe 
Gerard Smith 
Cinematography by
Wolfgang Held 
Film Editing by
Madeleine Sackler 
Sound Department
Bryan Dembinski .... additional sound mixer
Sebastian Henshaw .... sound designer
Ryan M. Price .... sound re-recording mixer
Ryan M. Price .... supervising sound editor
Mike Silvestri .... additional sound mixer
Matthew Sutton .... sound recordist
Camera and Electrical Department
Daniel Carter .... additional cinematographer
Daniel Carter .... assistant camera
Wayne De la Roche .... additional cinematography
Alan Jacobsen .... additional cinematography
Laela Kilbourn .... additional cinematography
Martina Radwan .... additional cinematography
Emily Wirth .... assistant camera
Editorial Department
Tom Poole .... colorist
Ben Schellpfeffer .... assistant editor
David Zieff .... editorial consultant
Other crew
Claire Bellmont .... production assistant
André Des Rochers .... legal services provided by
Scott Friedman .... production assistant
Evan Krauss .... legal services provided by

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The Vidiot Reviews, 17 January 2013
Author: capone666 from Canada

The Lottery

The only problem with a teacher-run school is that it is only open 10 months of the year.

Fortunately, the charter school depicted in this documentary is open all-year round.

Every year New York's Success Academy holds an admission sweepstakes for entrance into its prestigious halls.

Following hopefuls from Harlem and the Bronx as they vie for desks in the class-size controlled classrooms, viewers are edified on the grassroots movement away from teachers' unions, and the bureaucratic red tape of the public system.

With interviews with the movements most important members, like, Geoffrey Canada, founder of a school for underprivileged children in Harlem, The Lottery is as disheartening as it is enlightening.

While it is prejudiced against public schools, The Lottery's bias does expose the system's undeniable decay.

Incidentally, children should only be entered into school lotteries to see who gets to wear the classroom body armour this week.

(Green Light)

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