WAITING FOR SUPERMAN
Director: Davis Guggenheim
Screenwriters: Davis Guggenheim, Billy Kimball
For a nation that proudly declared it would leave no child behind, America continues to do so at alarming rates. Despite increased spending and politiciansâ€™ promises, our buckling public-education system, once the best in the world, routinely forsakes the education of millions of children.
Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim reminds us that education â€śstatisticsâ€ť have names: Anthony, Francisco, Bianca, Daisy, and Emily, whose stories make up the engrossing foundation of WAITING FOR SUPERMAN. As he follows a handful of promising kids through a system that inhibits, rather than encourages, academic growth, Guggenheim undertakes an exhaustive review of public education, surveying â€śdrop-out factoriesâ€ť and â€śacademic sinkholes,â€ť methodically dissecting the system and its seemingly intractable problems.
However, embracing the belief that good teachers make good schools, and ultimately questioning the role of unions in maintaining the status quo, Guggenheim offers hope by exploring innovative approaches taken by education reformers and charter schools that haveâ€”in reshaping the cultureâ€”refused to leave their students behind.
- Documentary Feature
- 2010, Sundance Film Festival
- U.S.A., 102 min.
- Audience Award Documentary