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The Lottery (2009)

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Studio: Great Curve Films
Genre: Documentary, Political & Social Issues
Running Time: 80 min.
Languages: English

In a country where 58% of African American 4th graders are functionally illiterate, The Lottery uncovers the failures of the traditional public school system and reveals that hundreds of thousands of parents attempt to flee the system every year. The Lottery follows four of these families from Harlem and the Bronx who have entered their children in a charter school lottery. Out of thousands of hopefuls, only a small minority will win the chance of a better future. Directed by Madeleine Sackler and shot by award-winning cinematographer Wolfgang Held, The Lottery uncovers a ferocious debate surrounding the education reform movement. Interviews with politicians and educators explain not only the crisis in public education, but also why it is fixable. A call to action to avert a catastrophe in the education of American children, The Lottery makes the case that any child can succeed.

GreenCine Member Reviews

Charter School Anti-Union Propaganda by shiftless November 9, 2011 - 11:22 PM PST
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful
This film, like Waiting for Superman is less a documentary than a commercial for privatized charter schools as well as a conservative anti-union propaganda film. Unions, and teachers themselves, are demonized as the problem in the public school system but you'll never hear an articulate pro-union person say exactly why they might be opposed to a charter school taking over a public school building, or any other issue that put the 2 sides at odds with each other. Opponents of charter schools are portrayed as rabid and inarticulate, practically frothing at the mouth but without much to actually say. More than once they are called "thugs" and it's suggested they are "mafia like" and violent. They even bring out conservative's favorite bogeyman, the defunct and defunded A.C.O.R.N.. Skip this trash and read instead about how charter schools are no better than public schools in performance.

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