American Promise

Friday, October 18 - Tuesday, November 5, 2013

In 1999, African-American Brooklynites Brewster and Stephenson enrolled their 5-year-old son Idris in a posh Upper East Side private school. Following Idris, his best friend, and the boys’ families over twelve years, the film captures their struggles with stereotypes and identity, learning differences and their increasingly divergent paths on the road to graduation. As their sons grow into young men, the parents wrestle with their own doubts and fears in this rare and vivid portrait of middle-class African-American families. Winner, Special Jury Award, Sundance Film Festival

  • Country USA
  • Running Time 140 minutes
  • Director Joe Brewster & Michele Stephenson