An African schoolI recall that he said it was pretty good but not great. I agree with that sentiment if that is indeed what he said.
For troubled kids from B'more
The program in Kenya for the boys was supposed to be for two years. It was fascinating to watch the kids mature over the course of the first school year. The first half of the film was really great. I was excited to see how the kids reflected on being back home in Baltimore for the summer. However, it seemed to me that the filmmakers didn't capture what the kids were thinking upon arriving back home to the extent that I was hoping they would and the second half considerably.
Unfortunately, due to red tape and a lack of funding, the program (after a seven year run) was cancelled. The kids were not able to return for their second year. The filmmakers were left holding the bag. They made the best of it, I suppose. The documentary definitely ended up turning into an even more depressing statement on the state of inner city education then it would have been if the kids had had a second year.
The pained expression of one boy pleading to have the program continue in a school in Baltimore will stick with me for quite awhile.
Youthlarge pointed out that Ewing and Grady's latest film Jesus Camp was just released in New York.
Directers: Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady