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Accidental Hero (2002)

Director: Terry DeBono, Steve Rosen
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Studio: Cinequest
Genre: Documentary, Biographies, Political & Social Issues
Running Time: 56 min.
Languages: English
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In an era when the public-school system has come under increased scrutiny, filmmakers Terry DeBono and Steve Rosen profile one inner-city schoolteacher who is determined not to let his students become statistics. As a child growing up in a lower-class Oakland neighborhood, Tommy Lindsey was taken to a local department store by his teacher and outfitted with a pair of jeans and some shirts -- and it was at that moment that the young student knew he had found his calling in life. These days Lindsey teaches his multi-racial students how to channel their anger and energy into a productive tool by coaching them in an academic sport known as "forensics." By highlighting precisely how proper support in the classroom can transform troublesome students into productive public speakers with a strong skill for oral interpretation, DeBono and Rosen attempt to offer a positive counterbalance to the endless stream of negative news stories addressing the sorry state of public education in America. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide

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