The DeKalb County School District (DCSD) will host its first film festival featuring films to unite the DCSD community and discuss challenging topics impacting students and education.

The four films included in the festival are Chasing Childhood, College Behind Bars, Push Out: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools, and Rising Girl (April 26, 2022).

Chasing Childhood tackles the busy world of today’s structure and more. Throughout these different stories, a central question emerges: how can we avoid harmful parenting strategies and empower our children to become their most fully realized, authentic selves?

Rehabilitation and education begins with renewing the mind and is at the heart of the film College Behind Bars. College Behind Bars presents the transformative power of education through the life stories of people who earn college degrees from BARD College while simultaneously serving time in prison. Viewers will be inspired by the evolution of a dozen formerly incarcerated men and women who not only earn college degrees, but also get a second chance to become the best versions of themselves.

Push Out: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools (March 16, 2022) is a feature-length documentary that takes a close look at the educational, legal, and societal disparities faced by black girls. Inspired by the groundbreaking book of the same name by renowned scholar Monique W. Morris, Ed.D., the documentary confronts the ways in which black youth misunderstanding has led to excessive punitive discipline which in turn disrupts one of the most important factors. in their lives—their upbringing.

Rising Girl (April 26, 2022) travels the world to meet nine unforgettable girls, striving beyond circumstances and overcoming almost insurmountable odds to achieve their dreams. Girl Rising proves that a brave girl is a revolution. The film will be screened on Tuesday, April 26, 2022 at 5:30 p.m. at the DCSD Administrative & Instructional Complex Auditorium (1701 Mountain Industrial Blvd, Stone Mountain, Georgia, 30083). Enroll via Engage course #27769 – section #34975.

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In addition to the four films shown, a live panel discussion will take place after each film.