SOLID REAFFIRMATION TO HUMANIZE AND SEE THE STUDENTS IN FRONT OF US. THE STUDENT STORIES ARE SO POWERFUL. THE TEACHER EXPRESSING HER FEAR ABOUT THE SENIORS LEAVING, CRYING AND SAYING SHE HOPES THEY ALL FIND PEOPLE ALONG THE WAY TO HELP THEM – I CAN AND AM THAT PERSON TO HELP ON THEIR JOURNEY. THANK YOU FOR THAT AFFIRMATION.
EXCELLENT FILM.

THIS LEFT ME SPEECHLESS. IT WAS SUCH A POWERFUL AND RELEVANT TOPIC AND I CAN THINK OF DOZENS OF PEOPLE THAT I WANT TO SHARE THIS WITH AND WILL IMMEDIATELY. VERY WELL DONE. THANKS SO MUCH FOR PRODUCING THIS DOCUMENTARY. ACTUALLY, IT BROUGHT ME TO TEARS. THIS WAS SO PROFOUND AND POWERFUL! IT IS SO IMPORTANT, AND THE POTENTIAL IMPACT IS ENORMOUS. EVERY TEACHER IN AMERICA NEEDS TO SEE IT
AS WELL AS EVERY COMMUNITY)

AS A SINGLE MOTHER OF 2 BROWN BOYS IN THE NYC SCHOOL SYSTEM, I WANT SO MUCH FOR THEM TO HAVE THAT SENSE OF BELONGING FROM THEIR SCHOOL.

DEFINITELY CAN SEE THIS BEING USED AS A DISTRICT-WIDE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT. l’M MOVED BY THE AUTHENTIC TESTIMONIES OF THE STUDENTS. l’M INSPIRED BY THE DEDICATION OF THE EDUCATORS. l’M MOTIVATED BY THE PROFESSIONALS AND THEIR TIRELESS DEDICATION TO THEIR BELIEFS.

AWESOME DOCUMENTARY
WITH WELL THOUGHT OUT
POINTS OF VIEW. NEEDED A
TRIGGER WARNING AS I WAS
TRIGGERED WHEN I SAW
MYSELF IN SEVERAL OF THE
YOUNG MEN. I DO WONDER
HOW IT IS RECEIVED BY
“RESISTANT” NON PEOPLE OF
COLOR, AS WE NEED THEM TO
EMBRACE THIS EQUITY CQ
JOURNEY.

THE DOCUMENTARY HAS REENERGIZED MY SOUL!! THIS YEAR HAS BEEN
ESPECIALLY DIFFICULT, AND I OFTEN FOUND MYSELF ASKING, “WHY?
WHY DO I DO THIS?” AND, “DID I CHOOSE THE RIGHT PATH?” THIS
DOCUMENTARY HAS SOLIDIFIED THAT I AM EXACTLY WHERE I AM
SUPPOSED TO BE. OUR STUDENTS DESERVE TO BE SURROUNDED AND
GUIDED BY ADULTS WHO CARE FOR AND FOSTER THEIR HOPES AND
DREAMS. ADULTS WHO ALLOW THEM TO CHASE THEIR DREAMS, AND
ROOT FOR THEM!!

EXTREMELY
TOUCHING. BROUGHT
VERY REAL
THOUGHTS TO THE
FOREFRONT.

POWERFUL, MOVING … A
DOCUMENTARY THAT SHOULD BE
SHOWN TO DISTRICTS AT THE
BEGINNING OF A SCHOOL YEAR AND
AT THE BEGINNING OF AN EFFORT
TO EFFECT CHANGE IN THINKING
AND EQUITY PRACTICES.

DEFINING US WAS A REFLECTIVE TRIBUTE TO THE
EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE OF MANY STUDENTS. I
WAS INSPIRED BY THE RECOGNITION THAT, “WE
CAN CREATE THE CULTURE!” I WAS ALSO
REMINDED THAT OFTEN, “STUDENTS HAVE TO BE
CHAMELEONS.” RELATIONSHIPS CONTINUE TO
MAKE THE GREATEST IMPACT.

l’M SO STRUCK BY THE RECURRENCE OF THE THEME OF LOVE IN THE FILM. AS EDUCATORS, IT’S EASY SOMETIMES TO GET CAUGHT UP IN POLICY OR CURRICULUM DISCUSSIONS THAT PRIVILEGE A PURSUIT OF OBJECTIVITY, AND LOSE OR OVERLOOK THE FUNDAMENTAL HUMAN NEED TO LOVE AND BE LOVED. HEARING SO MANY SPEAKERS EMPHASIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF LOVE IN OUR SCHOOLS AND IN OUR RELATIONSHIPS WITH STUDENTS FELT BOTH RADICAL AND PROFOUND.