Lalee's Kin: The Legacy of Cotton
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There are two stories displayed in the film. the first is the part about lalee, and the latter is about reggie barnes, a superintendent who is struggling to get the west tallahatchie school district up in levels to keep the state from taking over. his dedication to the children in the district is astounding. more schools need someone like him, who is willing to go the long run to help educate.
if you're looking for something real about the grittiness of the mississippi delta, this is for you.
also, i read an article on her about a year ago in my state capital's newspaper. since the documentary, many people have come by to bring her gifts or help fix up her house and such. i'm glad she was able to touch so many lives. she is an amazing woman.
This film is powerful. No narration, just reality coming at you in your face, in your gut.
This is modern day Third World living in the United States of America that's happening right now. Not fifty years ago but RIGHT NOW.
If you don't look differently at that last CD you bought, or that latte' you had yesterday, you have a heart of stone.
If you say you care about anyone other than yourself and you don't choose to go into the world and DO SOMETHING after seeing this film, you may as well be dead. You can't be human and go back to life as usual after seeing this film.
This film demonstrates the importance of parent(s) and/or tutor(s) in a child's education, outside of the classroom. If the parents are unable to help the child, funding for after-school help has been entirely cut, and class sizes are far too large for teachers to spend one-on-one time with students, the pupils are left to struggle and ultimately be left-behind. As the students continue to struggle later in life, ultimately graduating at the absolute minimum or dropping out, they will end up in a low-paying dead-end job if they're lucky, or end up in a life of crime, only to perpetuate the cycle to the next generation.
If you'd like the really see the importance of after-school programs, free tutoring, and/or cutting class sizes, not to mention proper funding for supplies, watch this film, you won't be disappointed.
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Very interesting story. Watched it on youtube for free but had to buy it.Published 4 months ago by Reverend Matt
Originally saw this many years ago on a cable network - had to buy the dvd. Great documentary.Published 12 months ago by Rita
I have visited Glendora Mississippi, one of the nation's poorest towns, on several times. The grocery store downtown was owned by the two men in nearby Money MS who killed Emmitt... Read morePublished on April 5, 2014 by fessormojo
I find myself watching this documentary almost daily. This documentary captures a way of life that would otherwise go unnoticed by the public at large. Read morePublished on January 15, 2014 by Incognegro
I've shown this film to my Introduction to Sociology Students. It can be used to discuss class conflict, structural violence, and agents of socialization very easily. Read morePublished on December 30, 2013 by Pdoc
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