American Promise

February 4, 2014
7:00pm Eastern Time
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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.

Welcome to the American Promise live chat and behind-the-scenes panel discussion!

We're going to be featuring a conversation with:

  • Michèle Stephenson, Filmmaker of American Promise
  • Joe Brewster, Filmmaker of American Promise
  • Idris Brewster, Subject of American Promise
  • Angela Williams, Director of African-American Engagement at Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • Craig McClay, Research Assistant at America’s Promise Alliance

We're excited to see you at this hour!

Video Description

American Promise

In American Promise, African-American parents Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson film their son and his friend, who attend one of the country’s most prestigious private schools.

116min 46sec


  • POV

    TV's longest-running showcase of independent nonfiction film.

  • Michèle Stephenson


  • Joe Brewster

    Producer and Director of American Promise

  • Angela Williams

    Director of African-American Engagement at Big Brothers Big Sisters

  • Idris Brewster

    Subject of American Promise.

  • Craig McClay

    Research Assistant at America’s Promise Alliance.

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