Filmed over 13 years, this short film presents a coming-of-age story of an African-American boy who attends an elite Manhattan prep school.
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I thought this was a great video, definitely worth watching. It follows Idris as he grew up in Brooklyn attending the prestigious Dalton School in Manhattan. His parents are both very well educated and have high-earning jobs, and both place heavy emphasis on the importance of education and working hard to make a good living. They wanted to give their son the best life possible, and they thought part of doing so would be to enroll him in one of the best schools in the country.
It's clear that Idris' family has a lot of money--both parents have highly respected jobs, they live in a beautiful home in Brooklyn, and they can afford to send their son to the Dalton School. From the time he started at the Dalton School, Idris was aware that being African American made him different in his school environment, simply because most of the other students were white. Other students asked him about his family income levels, which I thought was interesting--it proves that kids really do take those things into account when determing if someone is "different" or not. Another thing Idris said he encountered was being teased by the other African American kids on his basketball team for "talking so white." This proves that there are clear stigmas and expectations when it comes to race and academic achievement.
This video had some great commentary on race, but I think it also further underlined the assumption that you need money to be academically successful as a minority. I would be interested to know more about Idris' father's education--his father mentioned he grew up in poverty but attended Stanford. I think that story would provide another perspective entirely.