Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Waiting For Superman (2010)

Waiting For Superman (2010)

Genre: Documentary
Director: Davis Guggenheim

Duration: 102 min.
Rating: 6.7/10

Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim reminds us that education "statistics" have names: Anthony, Francisco, Bianca, Daisy, and Emily.  As he follows a handful of promising kids through a system that inhibits, rather than encourages, academic growth, Guggenheim undertakes an exhaustive review of public education, surveying "drop-out factories" and "academic sinkholes," methodically dissecting the system and its seemingly intractable problems.


Waiting For Superman is a documentary directed by Davis Guggenheim, it won the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.  It is an engaging and inquisitive look at the current state of public education in America.  It is a well produced and constructed film that has an admirable goal of highlighting the broken system.  The problem is like most other social or political documentaries it doesn't tell the whole story but a simplified version of it, and it cherry picks the individual stories that best serve the agenda and play on the emotions of the audience.    

1 comment:

Jack L said...

I would still be interested to see this one, although I'm sure you're right, Documentaries like this often only use the material that suits them.
But I would like learn a bit about the public education in the US as I'm European so I know very little about the subject...

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