“America to Me” is a 2018 American documentary television series directed by Steve James, produced by Kartemquin Films and Participant Media. The 10-episode series was filmed during 2015-16 school year at Oak Park and River Forest High School located in Oak Park, Illinois. The series chronicles the daily life of 12 students spanning all the grades and all the tracks within the school.
The series has been praised for its “detailed look at inequality in America through the lens of a storied high school near Chicago,” for “bitingly honest mediation of the ways race, class, and equity play out in Chicago’s progressive suburb of Oak Park,” and was pronounced a “testament to how individuals can persevere within a broken system, and how much harder that system makes it for some of them.”
The series will be screened on March 3, 10, 24, 31; April 21, 28; and May 5. Screenings run 5-7 p.m. at the Valley Road Auditorium, William Paterson University.
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