POV: American Promise

POV: American Promise

Sun, 06/07/2015 - 10:00pm - 11:59pm

Idris and Seun

Credit: Courtesy of Michèle Stephenson

Trace the experiences of an African-American boy and his friend at a prestigious private school over 13 years.

American Promise, airing Sunday, June 7, 2015 at 10 p.m. -Midnight on WXXI World, spans 13 years as Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson, middle-class African-American parents in Brooklyn, New York, turn their cameras on their son, Idris, and his best friend, Seun, who make their way through Manhattan’s Dalton School, one of the most prestigious private schools in the country. Chronicling the boys’ divergent paths from kindergarten through high school graduation, this provocative, intimate documentary presents complicated truths about America’s struggle to come of age on issues of race, class and opportunity. Winner, U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award, 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

To hear NPR's Karen Grigsby Bates feature on the documentary, click here.

This program is made possible by a grant from American Documentary | POV, with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.


This program is part of WXXI's American Graduate: Let's Make It Happen Initiative: a public media initiative to stem the dropout crisis by supporting community-based solutions.  Learn more at: http://wxxi.org/grad

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