“Night School” examines adult education and the dropout epidemic plaguing inner-city America. The film provides an inside look at a cutting-edge high school located in one of the most impoverished neighborhoods in America and the brave students who attend it. Indianapolis has one of the lowest high-school graduation rates in the country. For adult learners Greg, Melissa, and Shynika, finally earning their high-school diplomas could be a life-changing achievement. Emmy Award-winning director Andrew Cohn’s absorbing documentary observes their individual pursuits, fraught with the challenges of daily life and the broader systemic roadblocks faced by many low-income Americans. “Night School” closely follows the three students over the course of an entire school year, as they attempt to improve their lives and face their fears and attitudes about education. In a place where simply surviving often trumps education, these students boldly challenge the notion that folks at the bottom are takers and not makers.
Film CategoryHuman Rights Spotlight Leon & Mary Strauss Documentary Spotlight Mean Streets: Viewing the Divided City Through the Lens of Film and Television Race in America: The Black Experience
SubjectAfrican American Education Human Rights
Mean Streets is a program of The Divided City: An Urban Humanities Initiative. With the support of the Mellon Foundation, Washington U.’s Center for the Humanities, in partnership with the College of Architecture and Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Design, is engaged in a four-year initiative called The Divided City, which addresses one of the most persistent and vexing issues in urban studies: segregation.