Filmmakers Michèle Stephenson and Joe Brewster of American Promise

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The filmmakers of American Promise will join film subject Idris, America’s Promise Alliance and Big Brothers Big Sisters for a live OVEE screening with viewers on Tuesday, February 4 from 7-9 PM ET (4-6 PM PT). They will be taking your questions about the black male achievement gap and making the documentary.

American Promise spans 13 years as Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson, middle-class African-American parents in Brooklyn, N.Y., turn their cameras on their son, Idris, and his best friend, Seun, who make their way through one of the most prestigious private schools in the country. Chronicling the boys’ divergent paths from kindergarten through high school graduation at Manhattan’s Dalton School, this provocative, intimate documentary presents complicated truths about America’s struggle to come of age on issues of race, class and opportunity.

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Here is an overview of the event:

When: Tuesday, February 4 from 7-9 PM ET (4-6 PM PT). If you can’t make it, you can send in your questions ahead of time by writing a comment below.

Who: Filmmakers Michèle Stephenson and Joe Brewster of American Promise, film subject Idris, Angela Williams, Director of African-American Engagement at Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Craig McClay of America’s Promise Alliance.

How: Join the chat on OVEE. To view an archived transcript of the conversation, visit the American Promise companion website after February 5, 2014.

On February 3, 2014 at 10 PM, POV will present the national broadcast premiere of American Promise on PBS (Check local listings). The film will be available for streaming on the POV website from February 4 to March 6, 2014.

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