“Docu-liberals” is how my former distribution colleague referred to them– the generally educated, generally white, left-leaning folks who like documentaries, and will go to see one with an inner city theme faster than an inner city audience will.
So I was thinking of this as I was watching Pressure Cooker, Mark Becker and Jennifer Grausman’s film about an aggressive culinary arts high school teacher in Phillie who successfully coaches her inner city students in a scholarship competition.
Then I thought about Nel, my smart, artistic teenaged “little sister” from Harlem who I’ve mentored for three years in the Big Sisters program. If she had seen this film when she was 12 or 13, I think it would have made a big impact on her life. Those early teen years are pivotal. There is nothing like seeing the kids in the film get focused and work towards a goal, with a tough but caring mentor. This is a film for a younger version of kids like them.