In January, episodes of Steve James’ docuseries, “America to Me,” opened the Sundance Film Festival’s Indie Program and represented the new program’s first major sale ($5 million). Now Starz has released a trailer for the ten-part look inside an affluent-yet-segregated Chicago public school.
James — whose features have earned him Oscar nominations in the documentary (“Abacus: Small Enough to Jail”) and editing (“Hoop Dreams”) categories — spent a year embedded inside Oak Park and River Forest High School, a scenic institution with benevolent teachers, every amenity imaginable, and one disquieting drawback. White students’ test scores are climbing while black students’ have stagnated.
While black staff members are anxious to address the chasm, the majority of the school’s board is white and appear unconcerned.
Thus a rift emerges among the same academic leaders trying to reconcile their students who refuse to commingle in the cafeteria, let alone on the cheerleading team.
“America to Me” premieres Sunday, August 26 on Starz.
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