We the Parents opened in Los Angeles on August 16th with several of the subjects in attendance. It opens today at the Quad Cinema in New York City for an exclusive one week engagement. At tonight's 7:25p screening a Q&A will take place directly after with director James Takata, Sam Radford, District Parent Coordinating Council (Buffalo), Byron Garrett, former CEO, National PTA, Shirley Ford, Parent Revolution, Director of African American Affairs, Byron Garrett (Currently) Founder & Chairman, National Family Engagement Alliance (NFEA) to be moderated by Whitney Tilson, Education reform blogger.
Stay tuned for an interview next week with the film's director, James Takata!
WE THE PARENTS is a feature documentary film that follows a courageous group of parents in Compton, California who lead the first-ever attempt to take over their failing public elementary school using California’s new “Parent Trigger” law. While the heart of the film follows the parents’ struggle in Compton, the film also explores the origins of the “Parent Trigger” law and spread of this movement across the nation. WE THE PARENTS attempts to provide an honest and balanced depiction of events through a combination of verité footage and interviews, while using animation to explain complex concepts in an entertaining way. Experts, parents, organizers, journalists, school officials, and politicians provide key insights and lessons learned from the first implementation of the law.
While many recent documentaries have highlighted the crisis of our education system, WE THE PARENTS examines a potential solution by following everyday parents in their extraordinary effort for their children. The idea of giving power to parents is an untested one, and the film follows every step of the significant controversy, drama, and legal battles that ensue when parents attempt to exercise their rights. As news spreads about the events in Compton, the film tracks the ripple effect of these parents’ efforts as the idea of a “Parent Trigger” spreads to other communities in California and across the country.