American Promise spans 13 years as filmmakers Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson, middle-class African-American parents in Brooklyn, N.Y., turn their cameras on their son, Idris, and his best friend, Seun, who make their way through one of the most prestigious private schools in the country. Chronicling the boys' divergent paths from kindergarten through high school graduation at Manhattan's Dalton School, this provocative, intimate documentary presents complicated truths about America's struggle to come of age on issues of race, class and opportunity. In an America that is increasingly realizing that it must revamp its education system to remain competitive in the global marketplace, the voice of the Black male is essential, yet a missing intellectual presence. The filmmakers' goal is to empower boys, their parents and educators and help close this Black male achievement gap. Winner of the Special Jury Prize for Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival, and the Jury Award for Best Documentary at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. Official Web Site

Directors:

Joe Brewster, Michèle Stephenson

MPAA Rating:

NR

Run Time:

2hrs 15mins

Release Year:

2013

Country Of Origin:

USA