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Our America (2002)

R | | Drama | TV Movie 12 March 2003
The true story of two African-American teen radio reporters and their documentary investigation of a notorious child murder.


Ernest R. Dickerson (as Ernest Dickerson)


LeAlan Jones (book), Lloyd Newman (book) | 2 more credits »
5 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »




Credited cast:
Josh Charles ... Dave Isay
Brandon Hammond ... Lloyd "Boo" Newman
Serena Lee Serena Lee ... Janelle Jones
Roderick Pannell Roderick Pannell ... LeAlan Jones
Irma P. Hall ... June Jones
Peter Paige ... Gary Covino
Vanessa Williams ... Sandra Williams (as Vanessa A. Williams)
Mykelti Williamson ... Graham Ellis
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rukiya Bernard ... Sophie Newman
K.C. Collins ... James (as Chris Collins)
Neil Crone ... Paxton Wade
Jordan Duncan Jordan Duncan ... Eric Morris
Daniel Farris ... Elvin
Jordan Francis ... Derrick Morris
Maxine Guess ... Mrs. Shaw


Based on a true story, "Our America" is a stark portrait of the urban ghetto landscape as seen through the eyes of two young African-American teens, LeAlan Jones and Lloyd Newman. Under a radio producer's guidance and mentoring, the boys create a disturbing and remarkable documentary about life in the ghettos. Written by Jwelch5742

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Rated R for language and some violent content | See all certifications »

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Brandon Hammond and Irma P. Hall played grandson and grandmother in the film Soul Food (1997), prior to this film. See more »


Dave Isay: You're my man!
Gary Covino: I know.
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A thoughtful and insightful film
18 May 2005 | by nymichael2002See all my reviews

I was caught off guard by this film for the only person that I recognized in the cast was Peter Paige from Queer as Folk, he only plays a tiny role of public radio producer. Anyway this film is based on a true story of 2 adolescents from the housing projects of South Chicago that are asked to document their lives by a public radio station. The producer from the radio station is accused of exploiting the youths and tempers flare. The film is a harrowing and brutal portrait of life in the projects and how many residents there don't see much hope of improving their lives. While many detractors of the film will see that this film concentrates on the negatives there are several positive characters also. The character of LeAlan Jones and his family are beacons of hope. Overall I enjoyed this film.

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Release Date:

12 March 2003 (Norway) See more »

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El ghetto See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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