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The Board of Education Documentary has first US screening
After a successful Kickstarter Campaign to fund production, Jared Abrams’ “The Board of Education” documentary is ready for its first screening. The film, Narrated by actress Pamela Adlon, (Louie, Californication and The voice of King of the Hill’s Bobby Hill) is screening Sunday December 15th at the El Portal Theater in North Hollywood. The film will be a part of Birns and Sawyer’s Filmmaker Showcase.
This groundbreaking documentary examines the use of corporal punishment in the U.S. public school system. With nineteen states still allowing students to be subjected to this form of discipline, Director Jared Abrams takes an in-depth and personal look at this controversial issue
In 1968, Corporal punishment was found to be cruel and unusual punishment by the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. It is banned in the U.S. military, in correctional facilities and in mental institutions however, use of the paddle is still allowed in many U.S. public schools. More than two hundred thousand students are hit every year by their teachers, principals or coaches with many incidents resulting in injury.
The Board Of Education is a documentary that takes an in-depth and personal look at discipline within the American educational system. The film focuses on the three states with the highest percentage of reported paddlings, Alabama, Mississippi and Texas. We travel to these states for interviews with politicians, administrators, teachers, parents and students about this polarizing issue.
Having been paddled as a child in a West Virginia public school, director Jared Abrams discovered that while West Virginia banned corporal punishment in 1997, it is still legal in nineteen states. Further research showed that the use of paddling can cause lasting injuries, and is linked to depression, anger, academic disengagement, increased drop out rates and domestic violence. This immediately sparked a successful fund-raising effort through Kickstarter.
Jared raised almost forty thousand to help get the film off the ground. While he was raising funds he was already filming key players in this national debate. Interviews include Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy, ACLU and Human Rights Watch executives, lawyers representing families of children injured by this type of school discipline, school administrators, teachers, parents and students. The film draws attention to the inherent flaws with this type of discipline and presents alternative methods proved to be successful at a national level.
With corporal punishment predominantly practiced in southern states, the film takes a look at the historical aspects of the paddle, its ties to slavery and brings to light some of the inherent cultural complexities within southern culture and education. It examines practices and attitudes about corporal punishment at different levels of education from an elementary school in Jackson, Mississippi to a High School in Center Point, Alabama. Through the eyes of teachers, parents and the voices of the students themselves, discover how many consider the paddle to be an acceptable part of the education process while countless others call it a blatant form of child abuse.
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Birns and Sawyer Filmmaker Showcase: Sun Dec. 15th 6-9pm
El portal Theater - 5269 Lankershim Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91601