The Bad Kids Social Cinema Screening
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Join New America and ITVS for an advanced screening of clips from The Bad Kids followed by a discussion on the intractable problem of generational poverty and how public education can better support all students in our nation's schools.
About the film:
At a remote Mojave Desert high school, educators believe that empathy and life skills, more than academics, give at-risk students command of their own futures. At Black Rock High School, the methods are unique and the model is innovative: no punitive measures, no end-date, and no formal graduation.
Employing a vérité approach during a year at the school, The Bad Kids follows Black Rock High School principal Vonda Viland as she coaches three at-risk teens – a new father who can't support his family; a young woman grappling with sexual abuse; and an angry young man from an unstable home – through the traumas and obstacles that rob them of their spirit and threaten their goal of a high school diploma. The film depicts how a radical approach to education can combat the crippling effects of poverty in the lives of these so-called "bad kids."
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- New America Foundation - Social Cinema
Drawing from a rich international community of filmmakers, Social Cinema @ New America brings together a diverse, thoughtful audience made up of leaders in government and public policy; human rights; academic institutions; civic technology; and art and media to preview the nonfiction films that best dramatize our country’s most timely social and political issues. Documentaries are increasingly a primary vehicle for elevating complex issues to the national agenda in engaging, thought-provoking ways. Social Cinema @ New America has tapped into that discourse by presenting films on topics as far-reaching as environment and climate change (Merchants of Doubt, Racing Extinction); the economy (Inequality for All, Inside Job) and the struggles of living in poverty (Rich Hill, The Interrupters); war and foreign policy (The Look of Silence, Dirty Wars) and the costs of globalization (We Come As Friends); global women’s empowerment (Girl Rising, Half the Sky); civil rights (Freedom Summer); immigration and citizenship (Documented); technological surveillance and privacy (The Internet’s Own Boy, (T)error); and gun violence and criminal justice reform (The Armor of Light, The House I Live In).
- Vonda Viland
Vonda Viland is the extraordinary principal of Black Rock High School in the Mojave Desert. Her mission to realize the potential of these students whom the system has deemed lost causes. The Bad Kids follow Principal Vonda Viland as she coaches three at-risk teens––a new father who can’t support his family, a young woman grappling with sexual abuse, and an angry young man from an unstable home––through the traumas and obstacles that rob them of their spirit and threaten their goal of a high school diploma.
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