My Name Is Pedro
Catalogue Number: PR4841
Producer: Passion River Films
Subject: Citizenship Education, Documentary, Family Studies/Home Economics, Guidance, Social Sciences, Special Education
Grade Level: Post Secondary, Adult
Country Of Origin: United States
Copyright Year: 2017
Running Time: 99:00
My Name Is Pedro is an essential and timely reminder of the importance of great educators that exist within the infrastructure of the public education system. This award-winning film explores the seemingly impossible journey of South Bronx Latino educator and maverick, Pedro Santana, a former "special ed" student, whose mantra is - every kid can learn despite their circumstances. A New York Times profile of his "Out Of The Box" teaching techniques, thrusts him into the spotlight, which creates great opportunities for change but also has its downside - public school politics which, despite the cries of students and parents alike, threaten to take him down. A documentary with unpredictable twists and turns, LaSalle harnesses a compelling message of optimism, hope and tragedy.
WINNER: Award of Merit – IMAPCT DOCS
WINNER: Audience Award – Brooklyn Film Festival
WINNER: Best Documentary – Golden Door International Film Festival
100% Rotten Tomatoes Critic Approval Rating
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