Epiphany in Progress

A look at the tumultuous first year of an experimental middle school of low-income, ethnically diverse students in inner-city Boston.

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Premiere Date
September 1, 2002
60 minutes
Funding Initiative
Open Call
Goldman michal filmmaker bio

Michal Goldman

Award-winning filmmaker Michal Goldman’s documentaries look at how people define and express the urgent issues of their times through the way they live their lives. She produces, writes, and edits her films, which include A Jumpin’ Night in the Garden of Eden, the first film to document the revival of klezmer music; Umm Kulthum, A Voice Like Egypt, about the diva of Arabic song and her country; and Epiphany in Progress, about the first year in an inner-city Episcopal school. Goldman is founder and president emerita of Filmmakers Collaborative, and founder of the Boston Jewish Film Festival.

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The Film

Established by wealthy Episcopalians, the Epiphany School in inner-city Boston provides a free private education to 40 low-income, ethnically diverse students. In its first year, the experimental middle school faces a financial crisis as students struggle with poverty, racial tension, and unavailable parents. Can faith and commitment can transcend race and class?