H is for Harry (52 Minute Version)
Catalogue Number: TVP094
Producer: Video Project, Inc.
Subject: Documentary, Education, Family Studies/Home Economics, Guidance, Health, Professional Development, Psychology, Social Sciences, Sociology, Special Education
Grade Level: 6 - 8, 9 - 12, Adult, Educators
Country Of Origin: United States
Copyright Year: 2019
Running Time: 53:53
What does it take to change a child's life? Set against the backdrop of a Britain rife with debates around class, identity, and social mobility, H is for Harry follows 11-year-old Harry as he starts at a brand new school in suburban London unable to read or write. For the next two years, Harry fights to improve academically and slowly begins to believe in a different future for himself.
Arriving at Reach Academy in Feltham, young Harry struggles to overcome three generations of illiteracy with the help of a dedicated first year teacher, Sophie. She runs a specialist English group that strives to help him catch up so he can re-join his friends, and we watch his struggles with literacy from day one. We also meet his father Grant, who attends regular meetings about his son's progress and misbehavior in school. Grant fights tooth and nail to keep his son in school as he believes it can save him from a life of illiteracy and poverty.
This intimate portrayal of one charismatic boy's journey towards adulthood depicts the often-unnoticed impact that material and aspirational poverty can have on a child's future. Portraying the world from the child's perspective, the film brims with both humor and heartache and is at the crux of current debates about society's growing inequality.
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"Provides an unfiltered experience of student life...Excellent at capturing students’ emotions as they go about their typical school day...Especially powerful at conveying that underlying anxiety of students with special needs...The unique aspect of this film is that it goes beyond life within the school to focus on how the students’ home lives impact their performance...Provides a unique perspective into the life of students, their strengths, and their challenges, that would be beneficial for all educators to see. Recommended for general audiences in education and sociology collections." — Educational Media Reviews Online
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