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Little Rock Central High: 50 Years Later (2007)

Brent Renaud , Craig Renaud  |  PG |  DVD
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  • Directors: Brent Renaud, Craig Renaud
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital-Plus 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital-Plus 2.0)
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: Unknown
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: HBO Studios
  • DVD Release Date: October 30, 2007
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000UR9TK0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,798 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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In 1957, Little Rock Central High School became a symbol of the struggles and hopes of the Civil Rights Movement. Nine African-American students were prevented from entering the building by an angry mob of whites outside the school. After 50 years, it is a stark reminder of the steps that still need to be made toward equality. The HBO Documentary Film, Little Rock Central High: 50 Years Later, is an eye-opening look at racial equality, education, and class at the landmark high school today, where educational equality remains elusive. Filmmakers Brent and Craig Renaud began filming as the school and the nation prepared for the 50th Anniversary of the famous Integration Crisis 1957. The film follows present day Central High students and faculty both in and out of school, along with community leaders and one of the original "Little Rock Nine," who reflects on how much¿ and how little¿ has changed since she courageously crossed the school's steps nearly half a century ago.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Little Rock Central High 50 Years Later December 12, 2008
I bought this video to coincide with my teaching the book "Warriors Don't Cry" by Melba Pattillo Beals. The information about the changes that have (and haven't) taken place at Little Rock Central High was very eye-opening. I enjoyed the contrasting viewpoints from one staff memember to the next regarding race and school performance. My students also formed a great understanding of the Little Rock community as seen by varying community members. The economic differences between races was particularly eye-opening.
The only complaint I have is that there was not much footage shown of Little Rock Central High throughout the years from 1957 to 2007. I would like to have seen more about the Little Rock Nine and students who followed, integrating the school in later years.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great compliment to Warriors Don't Cry March 16, 2010
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Got the video to help out my very visual ESL students reading Worrior's Don't Cry written by one of the Little Rock 9 Melba Patillo. I was under the impression that the video dealt more with the actual coverage of the events of the historic event but was surprised to see a lot of information on Little Rock's current situation and well lack of "intergration". Aside from this it is a handy tool to get the kids more involved in the book and start up some topics related to the book and current events. Overall not bad.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Look at America's Past and Present... April 3, 2009
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A sad, but honest look at our American history. A non-scientific examination of the growing gap between the haves and have nots of this country.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best documentaries I've ever seen May 31, 2012
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We watched this in my Sociology class and I can honestly say it's the only movie I have ever actually went out to buy after watching it in school. It's a great film with wonderful camera work and directing. It's real. I love how the documentary gets both sides of view in more ways than one. I really feel like I understand so much more now about the lack of equality we still face in America and what I learned in this documentary I know I will always remember and continue to think about and try to incorporate the positive changes into every day life.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great video for group discussion March 7, 2011
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I used this video to spark discussion at a teen meeting for girls. I thought more video of the original Little Rock incident would be included for shock value, however, the current Little Rock students provided enough information on education blockers for 21st century Afro-American teens. The participants enjoyed the film. The delivery was excellent, no problems.
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