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American Promise


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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.

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  • Actors: Michèle Stephenson, Joe Brewster, Idris Brewster, Stacey Summers, Tony Summers
  • Directors: Michèle Stephenson, Joe Brewster
  • Format: Multiple Formats, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: New Video Group
  • DVD Release Date: September 2, 2014
  • Run Time: 135 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00JKTFQTM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,893 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Product Review on September 12, 2014
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This is a great documentary. The experiences of young men in the movie are quite interesting. The movie put faces to the implicit biases and unconscious racism that black men experience within our society. While watching this movie, your emotions get intertwined with the characters; you feel both their joy and pain. This is by far the best documentary I’ve seen.
The book, "Promises Kept: Raising Black Boys to Succeed in School and in Life” makes this a great package and equips our society with the tools needed to combat the issues raised in the film. Thanks to the directors/authors Michele Stephenson and Joe Brewster for starting the conversation on these issues.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By eunice tarver on September 11, 2014
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Excellent documentary. A thought provoking film that is great for starting critical dialogue about the experience of students of color attending private majority white schools.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sean Anglon on September 22, 2014
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American Promise is a stirring documentary about the 13-year educational journey of two African American boys. Watching these boys become young men was moving for my family.
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I am a middle school teacher in ELA. I have written an educational unit based on issues in the documentary. My students love the stories of Idris and Seun and so do I. They inspire and teach.
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On time delivery! Cannot wait to see it.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B.A. Heath on October 22, 2014
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I find it to be an important film to show to parents and faculty of independent schools. I found it moving and somewhat sad, as well.
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