Thursday, April 8, 2010

Documentary Talks About the Public School System's Problems


After grabbing awards in film festivals, Bob Bowdon's documentary The Cartel will premiere in the USA on April 16. It will talk about the problems that affect the American public school systems.

In order to talk about these things (with an apparent focus on the state of New Jersey), the documentary introduces us to politicians who propose solutions for the public system, teachers who are punished for speaking out, principals who get fired for taking some decisions, union leaders who have no shame or even self-serving bureaucrats blocking new charter schools. We also get the point of view of parents (some have children who can't read) and students. Besides, the documentary also talks about home-schooling as an alternative.

With that said, Bowdon also interviews education experts such as Clint Bolick (former president of Alliance for School Choice), Gerard Robinson (president of Black Alliance for Educational Options) and Chester Finn (president of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute).

Speaking about the premiere, The Cartel will premiere on April 16 in New York at the Quad Cinema and in Los Angeles at the Laemmle's Sunset 5 for only one week. Besides, director Bob Bowdon will be available for a Q&A in New York on the opening night. Afterwards, the film will have a roll-out in other American cities.

Finally, director Bob Bowdon will be on The Morning Joe Show (on MSNBC) at 8:40 AM on Friday, April 16.


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