American Promise

Rated NR 140 minutes 2013

Two middle-class African-American families from Brooklyn, New York each send a son to a prestigious, mostly white Manhattan private school – to give both Idris and Seun, the two boys, a good education but also to observe the cultural and personal adjustments they must make as they progress. The result is this fascinating documentary by Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson, parents of Idris and documentarians in their own right. It covers thirteen years in the two friends’ lives, and it says a lot about race, color, class, competition, and plain human nature in success-driven contemporary urban America. Best of all, it introduces us to two likable kids who do not fit easy stereotypes (115 min.).

Film Credits

Director: Joe Brewster and Michele Stephenson

Producer: Joe Brewster, Michele Stephenson, Simon Kilmurry and Dan Cogan


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