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Raising Bertie

Directed by Margaret Byrne
US, Documentary, 2016, 102 mins., in English

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 at 9:30 a.m.
*director in attendance following the film Wednesday only, program concludes at 11:50 a.m.*

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017 at 12:30 p.m.

Northwest Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 SW Park Ave.

Themes & Subjects: US Educational System, Juvenile Justice, Race & Racism, Adolescence, Family Relations

Synopsis: What happens in the lives of young people caught in the complex interplay of generational poverty, educational inequity, and race? Reginald, Davonte, and David are black teenagers in rural Bertie County, North Carolina. Raising Bertie documents their trials and triumphs over six years as the young men repeat grades, search for jobs, and persevere. Along the way, they are aided by activist Vivian Saunders, whose innovative alternative high school, The Hive, provides a much-needed resource for an underserved community. In the spirit of other longitudinal portraits such as Steve James’ Hoop Dreams and Michael Apted’s Up series, identity and opportunity play major roles in the process of coming of age.

Resources for teachers:

Film’s website.

Filmmaker Magazine interview with the director.

About the director.

2013 NPR report about charter schools vs. public schools.


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