September 16, 2010

Race to Nowhere Screens at Bal Theatre Monday September 20

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The documentary film "Race to Nowhere" will be screened at the Bal Theatre in San Leandro on Monday, September 20, 2010. According to the film's promotional material, it is "about the pressures faced by American schoolchildren and their teachers in a system and culture obsessed with the illusion of achievement, competition and the pressure to perform."

The 85-minute film has local connections, with scenes filmed at Roosevelt Elementary in San Leandro and Bishop O'Dowd High School in Oakland. Maimone Attia, the film's writer and cinematographer, attended Roosevelt Elementary, Bancroft Middle School, and San Leandro High School.

Director Vicki Abeles and writer Attia will be on-hand to introduce the film and participate in a question-and-answer session after the movie.

A review from the Los Angeles Times said ""Race to Nowhere" offers hope in the form of new models. For starters, there's the no-homework movement. Imagine." According to the New York Times, the film "doesn't entirely succeed" in presenting "a single, clear, narrative" but does "admirably convey the complexity of the issue with considerably more compassion than prescription." Oprah.com writes, "The groundbreaking documentary, Race to Nowhere is an investigation into the pressures American children and their teachers face in our achievement-obsessed education system and culture. See if the film is screening in your area. You’ll be inspired to make some changes, big and small, for the health of your kids."

The screening also serves as a fundraiser for the San Leandro Education Foundation, which will receive a portion of the $9 ticket.

Doors open at 6pm and the movie begins at 7pm. The Bal Theatre is located at 14808 East 14th Street in San Leandro. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at the Bal Theatre web site.

Posted by Mike Katz-Lacabe at September 16, 2010 5:19 PM | TrackBack
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