I Am a Promise: The Children of Stanton Elementary School

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Overview

Noted documentarians Alan and Susan Raymond spent one year at Stanton Elementary School in urban Philadelphia creating a surprising document of lost dreams and hopes in their 1993 film I Am a Promise: The Children of Stanton Elementary School. Exclusively African-American and mostly filled with children from impoverished homes, the school's staff and administration have spent much time trying to create a solid place of learning and hope for its children. A new opportunity is presented when dynamic Caucasian ...
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Overview

Noted documentarians Alan and Susan Raymond spent one year at Stanton Elementary School in urban Philadelphia creating a surprising document of lost dreams and hopes in their 1993 film I Am a Promise: The Children of Stanton Elementary School. Exclusively African-American and mostly filled with children from impoverished homes, the school's staff and administration have spent much time trying to create a solid place of learning and hope for its children. A new opportunity is presented when dynamic Caucasian principal Deanna Burney takes over the school and sets about changing the atmosphere of the school. Over the course of the year, though, Burney's efforts are not enough to offset the greater community's malcontent and pervasive lawlessness, forcing the idealistic principal to make some difficult choices about her position in the school district. I Am a Promise: The Children of Stanton Elementary School was one of the most awarded documentary films in 1993, with an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature and an Emmy award for Outstanding Information Special among its numerous citations.
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Special Features

Commentary featuring the filmmakers and principal Deanna Burney; Filmmaker biographies; Interactive menus; Scene selection
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/22/2005
  • UPC: 767685969731
  • Original Release: 1993
  • Rating:

  • Source: New Video Group
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:30:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 60,854

Cast & Crew

Technical Credits
Susan Raymond Director, Producer
Alan Raymond Cinematographer, Editor, Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Positive Reinforcement [7:32]
2. Behavior at a Price [6:03]
3. Team Response [9:26]
4. Police Presence [5:59]
5. Early Arrivals [6:47]
6. Experimental Classroom [6:37]
7. An Alley Cat [6:08]
8. Disruptive Conduct [12:21]
9. Attention Getter [9:29]
10. Raising Questions [6:00]
11. Willing to Learn [11:22]
12. Credits [:50]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Scenes
   Extras
      Audio Commentary
         Hear Filmmakers Alan and Susan Raymond and Former Stanton Elementary School Principal Deanna Burney Reflect on the Making of I Am a Promise
            On
            Off
      Filmmakers' Biography
      About Docurama
      Catalog/Trailers
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  • Posted December 14, 2010

    you must check it out

    my lil brother was in it andrei anderson

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