Downtown Mall : Vinegar Hill Theatre
Southeast 672015. USA. 72 min.
Director: Betsy Cox
Preceded by the short film Amazing Journey (13 min.)
This documentary combines raw, never-before-seen footage and photographs with present-day interviews with African-American students from Washington, D.C., who were heavily affected by the crack epidemic. Promised college scholarships in 1988 at age 12, these students struggled to survive in their impoverished D.C. neighborhood. Spanning two decades, their story reveals the complex challenges facing youth in underserved communities. Southeast 67 focuses on the students as they strive to reconcile the dream of college with the competing reality of daily life in a community rife with violence, poverty, and addiction. Discussion with filmmaker Betsy Cox and Phyllis Koch-Sheras