Wednesday, January 14, 2004

Inner-city black and Hispanic high-school students matter in Our Town film

Nashville Scene rates Our Town documentary as one of 2003's "Movies that Matter."

"The Compton, Calif., school, populated by inner-city black and Hispanic youth, mounts a production of Thornton Wilder's classic Our Town, with costumes, culture and some dialogue transposed into their own milieu. What's amazing about this journey from idea to theatrical performance--something that happens several times a year at most schools, but here becomes a massive undertaking against all odds--is that these demonized, feared, political-football kids are really normal, and therefore extraordinarily beautiful."

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