ITVS recently approved funding for the documentary American Promise by filmmakers Michele Stephenson and Joe Brewster.
American Promise is an intimate look at the 12-year journey of two African-American boys on the path to success at a prestigious prep school. This personal film explores the distinct and troubling growing pains young men of color experience, navigating internal and external cultural stereotypes. The film sheds light on the universal struggle families and schools confront when addressing issues of identity and opportunity. This inspiring story about pursuing the American dream sparks a critical conversation about the complex factors that influence academic development and unspoken social and emotional needs that play an integral role in every child’s well-being.
Watch an interview with filmmaker Michele Stephenson after the jump.
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