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POV hosts 'American Promise 'free screening and panel discussion on Capitol Hill

American Promise
American Promise
Courtesy of POV

The PBS independent non-fiction film series POV will host a free screening and panel discussion for the award-winning documentary "American Promise" at the Capitol Hill Visitor Center in the Congressional Auditorium on February 5, 2014 from 4:30pm - 7:00pm.

"American Promise" spans 13 years as filmmakers Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson, middle-class African-American parents in Brooklyn, N.Y., turn their cameras on their son, Idris, and his best friend, Seun, who make their way through Dalton, one of the most prestigious private schools in the country.

The documentary chronicles the boys' divergent paths from kindergarten through high school graduation. Its described as a provocative, intimate examination of the complicated truths about America’s struggle to come of age on issues of race, class and opportunity.

"American Promise" was the winner of the U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

The free screening event will feature remarks by the Honorable Marcia L. Fudge followed by panelist discussion and Q&A with "American Promise" co-directors and producers Michèle Stephenson an Joe Brewster, M.D, David Johns, Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African-Americans.

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