Analysis Of The Documentary ' American Promise ' Essay

1137 Words Nov 9th, 2015 null Page
American Promise is a documentary film that captures the experiences of Idris Brewster and Seun Summers two middle-class African American boys from Brooklyn. Recorded over the span of thirteen years, this film chronicles their journeys at the Dalton School, one of the most prestigious private schools in the US. While this documentary raises serious concerns and challenges to the widely held American Dream, it presents us with a much needed insight on the realities of class, race, and opportunity in America. Filmed by Idris’ parents, Joe Brewster and Michele Stephenson, the documentary begins with Idris and Seun entering the Dalton School, a prestigious, historically white private school located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan (alumni include Chevy Chase, Anderson Cooper, and Claire Danes). The Dalton School had made commitments to recruit students of color in order to bring diversity into the school setting; with that, Idris and Seun were two of the gifted kids who were admitted. These boys were placed in an environment filled with advantage and disadvantage. The academic climate of the school was rigorous and competitive, but it offered new challenges and opportunities that would otherwise not be presented at a private school. However with a lack of diversity at school, the environment offered little reflection of the boys’ cultural identities. We begin to see problems arising when Idris and Seun seem to be moving academically slower than everything else. Idris is…

Related Documents