American Promise

American Promise

USA, 2013, 135 Minute Running Time

ENDS Wednesday, November 27th.

American Promise spans 13 years as Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson, middle-class African-American parents in Brooklyn, N.Y., turn their cameras on their son, Idris, and his best friend, Seun, who make their way through one of the most prestigious private schools in the country. Chronicling the boys’ divergent paths from kindergarten through high school graduation at Manhattan’s Dalton School, this provocative, intimate documentary presents complicated truths about America’s struggle to come of age on issues of race, class and opportunity. An Official Selection of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. A co-production of Rada Film Group, ITVS and POV’s Diverse Voices Project. Part of American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen, made possible by CPB.

"Brewster and Stephenson’s film is destined to be a classic of the genre – an engrossing exploration of race, education, and expectations featuring strong, personable characters who the viewer feels connected to immediately." - Documentary Channel

"A grandiose illustration of the immense hope and crushing disappointment inherent in the American dream that promises with a good education, anything is possible." -IONCINEMA


DIRECTOR: Joe Brewster, Michele Stephenson
US Distributor: POV

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