Over 25 years ago, a DC philanthropist “adopted” a group of low-income 7th-graders in Anacostia and promised to pay their college tuition as part of a national program called “I Have a Dream.” What happened next is the subject of a fascinating documentary that will be screened in DC on April 16th.
I saw the film, called Southeast 67, at an advance screening over a month ago and wrote about it for Greater Greater Washington. The film was also shown as part of the DC Independent Film Festival a few weeks ago. Now, by popular demand, there will be a second showing at the Miracle Theater on 8th Street SE. Tickets are free, but seats are limited, so you should register here.
The film is an extraordinarily honest and intimate look at the lives of half a dozen students who were part of the group, now in their late thirties. It also illuminates the positive effect that stable, caring adults–in this case, the two mentors assigned to shepherd the students through middle and high school–can ultimately have on the lives of kids growing up in poverty and chaos.
Seeing Southeast 67 was both a moving and a thought-provoking experience, and it’s continued to haunt me. If you can make it to the Miracle Theater on April 16th, I strongly urge you to see it.