A Community Concern (2011)

  • Producer/Director: Susan Zeig
Film Length:
75 minutes
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Across the United States, graduation rates in most urban districts still remain between 50 and 60 percent. A Community Concern is a documentary about people who refuse to accept the system's failures, and are working for change. Their spirit, passion, and commitment shows that when organizers, parents, youth, and educators work together, they are successful. It brings together stories of people facing different challenges, but share similar goals.

A Community Concern is sectioned into chapters, so that the film can be viewed:

  • As a whole (75 mins)
  • As individual stories: Oakland, The Bronx and Boston
  • As a thematically grouped set of clips see suggestions in Viewer Guide

The OAKLAND story shows how it is possible for community members, educators, and policy makers to come together to transform their School District.

The BRONX story shows how a group of organized youth can be the force behind designing their own high school.

The BOSTON story shows the importance of the relationship between school and parents, and how the school system adopted the reform that the community fought for.

The Film Campaign

A Community Concern is the central component of an outreach project built on partnerships with community and educational organizations

Our prime audiences are:

  • Organizers
  • Educators
  • Youth
  • Parents
  • Community members concerned with the state of education

A Community Concern is being screened in organizations, workshops, classrooms, forums, conferences, community gatherings and homes as tool to help these groups and individuals as they work to improve public schools. Check out where we have screened so far!

Issue: Education


Reel Education

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Get involved by hosting a screening using our Screening Guide!

And check out these resources for additional ways you can get involved in community organizing around education.

Oakland Community Organization

Northwest Bronx Community & Clergy Coalition

Boston Parent Organizing Network

PICO National Network - People Improving Communities through Organizing

PICO California

Annenberg Institute for School Reform

Public Education Network - PEN

Give Kids Good Schools

Institute for Democratic Education in America

Event Name Date City State   Location Status
Teachers College at Columbia University Nov 14, 2013 New York NY United States Columbia University Teachers College 305 Russell Complete

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