TEACHED Vol. I
TEACHED Volume I is comprised of the first three short films of the TEACHED series: The Path to Prison, The Blame Game: Teachers Speak Out and Unchartered Territory. Each of these short films addresses topical issues around the American education system, especially those affecting urban youth. They are intended to help communities break through polarized education debates, provoke thoughtful discussion and motivate change around long-standing race and income-based inequities in our public schools.
TEACHED Vol. I won Outstanding Documentary Short Film at the Williamsburg Film Festival and a special jury prize for "Spirit of Independence" at the Amsterdam Film Festival. It has received acclaim in the Harvard Political Review, USAToday, One Day and other media (see our NEWS section) and was named one of Ten Education Documentaries Not to be Missed by TakePart.
TEACHED Volume I includes:
- THE PATH TO PRISON
The United States now bears the ominous title as the planet’s most prolific jailer: with only 5% of the population, we represent 25% of the world’s incarcerated. The vast majority of our inmates are illiterate, and an inordinate number are people of color. One young man’s story helps explain how so many capable and intelligent youth, especially African-American males, end up behind bars in "the land of the free." (approx. 8 min.)
- THE BLAME GAME: Teachers Speak Out
The discourse around education reform—especially on issues involving teachers—lacks nuance, thoughtfulness and, often, commonsense. Simplistic “pro-“ and “anti-“ teacher rhetoric is distracting from efforts to improve teacher quality, especially in schools serving urban, minority children. What do teachers themselves say about the profession and whether it is serving students’ needs...not to mention their own? (approx. 17 min.)
- UNCHARTERED TERRITORY
Charter school founders are pioneers of education reform, staking their claim by opening new schools in many historically underserved communities. But twenty years after the first charter school opened its doors, many Americans are still confused by what these independently-operated, publicly-funded schools are, and why not all of them are performing well. Was the charter formula wrong? What can the best charter school leaders teach the rest? (running time 16 min.)
***To host a screening of TEACHED Vol. I in your community, go here.***
TEACHED was originally conceived as a feature-length documentary film. However, during production, it became clear that our impact might be greater by producing an ongoing series of short films. This way we could build a library of films that would document progress towards education equality over time and provide useful tools for education advocates who could mix and match the films in interactive screening events specifically tailored to their communities and key concerns.
The first set of TEACHED short films is called TEACHED Vol. I, a trilogy examining some of the most pressing issues in education today. TEACHED Vol. II is currently in production. We look forward to your feedback on our films and suggestions for future TEACHED topics.
- Kelly Amis