Have You Seen The Lottery?
Currently being shown in select theaters and soon to be released on DVD, The Lottery is the first full-length film production by Madeleine Sackler, a 27-year-old Duke University grad who produced and directed it.
The film is a documentary revolving around four NYC families who enter the lottery for admission into the Harlem Success Academy, prompting a discussion on education reform. As many neighborhood schools underperform, families are turning to charter schools to attempt to provide better lives for their children. But should bright futures and the road to economic and intellectual empowerment be decided by the luck of the draw?
Several notable educators and politicians give their respective takes on the story as the real-life drama unfolds. These include Geoffrey Canada, founder of the Harlem Children’s Zone and Newark Mayor Cory Booker, who famously lived in the rough neighborhood of Brick Towers during his tenure as a city politician.
While the film played in select NYC and L.A. theaters, it’s scheduled to play in D.C., Denver, and Palm Springs.
For those of us who don’t reside in those areas, check out the DVD. Anyone looking for a film to make them think should look forward to what is sure to be a conversation-provoking look at education in America.
For more information about the film and education reform, visit TheLotteryFilm.com