With director Margaret Byrne and director of photography Jon Stuyvesant in person
Dir. Margaret Byrne. 2016, 102 mins. Digital projection. New York premiere. Rural education is the next frontier in American school reform. One-in-four students attend school in a rural community and two out of every five of these students live in poverty. In Raising Bertie, three African American boys come of age in rural Bertie County North Carolina, challenged by poverty and a lack of educational and economic opportunities. An intimate portrayal of the transition from boyhood into adult lives, this raw and starkly poetic film challenges us to see the value in lives too often ignored.
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