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American Graduate National Documentaries

Featured Programs

The following videos are examples of PBS documentaries showcasing students as they navigate the complexities of American education.

If you are interested in a screening of these or any other American Graduate films at your organization, please contact tpt at: or 651-229-1118.

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POV: American Promise

American Promise spans 13 years as 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 one of the most prestigious private schools in the country. Chronicling the boys' divergent paths from kindergarten through high school graduation at Manhattan's Dalton School, this provocative, intimate documentary presents complicated truths about America's struggle to come of age on issues of race, class and opportunity. Learn more about the film.

Is School Enough?

Is School Enough? This one-hour film examines another new frontier reshaping 21st century education: Empowering young people to learn from what they care about most, and helping them make an authentic difference in the world. There’s a growing understanding that learning should not just be preparation for life, but is actually “life itself.”

Independent Lens: The Graduates

Pressing issues in education today are explored through the eyes of a diverse array of Latino and Latina adolescents from across the United States, offering first-hand perspectives on key challenges facing both the students and their families, as well as educators and community leaders. Learn more about the film.

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