- Actors: n, a
- Directors: James Takata
- Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
- Language: English
- Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 1
- Rated: Not RatedNR
- Studio: Virgil Films and Entertainment
- DVD Release Date: August 22, 2017
- Run Time: 61 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- ASIN: B01N7XZ1P1
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #326,791 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
We the Parents
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WE THE PARENTS is a feature documentary film that follows a courageous group of parents in Compton, California who lead the first-ever attempt to take over their failing public elementary school using California's new 'Parent Trigger' law. While the heart of the film follows the parents' struggle in Compton, the film also explores the origins of the 'Parent Trigger' law and spread of this movement across the nation.
WE THE PARENTS attempts to provide an honest and balanced depiction of events through a combination of verité footage and interviews, while using animation to explain complex concepts in an entertaining way.
Experts, parents, organizers, journalists, school officials and politicians provide key insights and lessons learned from the first implementation of the law.
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Rather than highlighting the crisis in our education system, “We the Parents” examines a potential solution by following everyday parents in their effort for their kids. The idea of giving power to parents is an untested one, and the film follows every step of the significant controversy, drama, and legal battles that ensue when parents attempt to exercise their rights.
As news spreads about the events in Compton, a working class city known for gang violence, the film tracks the ripple effect of these parents’ efforts as the idea of a “parent trigger” spreads to other communities in California and across the country. Director James Takata chronicles the numerous complications involved in taking advantage of the new law, including informing parents of the law and getting them to sign a petition, bureaucratic obstacles, and complacency. A major failure of the documentary is the absence of teachers, the folks who spend their days with children. It would have been interesting to know how the teachers of Compton felt about what was happening in their school district.
There are no bonus features on the widescreen, unrated DVD release.