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American Promise

Directed by: Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson

2014 | USA | 120 minutes

Screening & Discussion

Friday, January 19, 2018, 6pm


Saturday, January 20, 2018, 3pm


Saturday, January 20, 2018, 7pm

Free Admission!

American Promise spans 13 years as 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 Dalton, 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. 

Panel discussion to follow the Friday screening. Please note the 6pm screening time that day.

No reservations are required. Seating is first come, first serve. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to screening time to ensure a seat.

“Film for Thought” is sponsored by the Advancing Intercultural Studies project and the UCR Center for Ideas and Society through a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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