Language: English with English Subtitles, Closed Captioned
Subjects: Sociology, African American Studies
Nationwide broadcast on PBS's POV documentary series.
The largely invisible and often crushing struggles of young African-American men come vividly – and heroically – to life in ALL THE DIFFERENCE, which traces the paths of two teens from the South Side of Chicago who dream of graduating from college. Statistics predict that Robert and Krishaun will drop out of high school, but they have other plans. Oscar® nominated producer/director Tod Lending’s intimate film, executive produced by author Wes Moore, follows the young men though five years of hard work, sacrifice, setbacks and uncertainty. As they discover, support from family, teachers and mentors makes all the difference in defying the odds.
Highly Recommended by Video Librarian:
"Oscar-nominated filmmaker Tod Lending’s PBS-aired P.O.V. documentary chronicles five years in the lives of South Side Chicago teens Robert Henderson and Krishaun Branch as they graduate from Urban Prep Charter Academy and pursue higher education. Raised by his grandmother—after she took in seven children when their mother was killed by their father—Robert wants to be a doctor, but his grades fall short and he must redirect his studies at Lake Forest College. Krishaun’s mother worried about his possible gang affiliation but his turnaround led him to want to major in sociology at Tennessee’s Fisk University with the hopes of becoming a U.S. Marshal. Over the years, both young men experience financial difficulties, shifts in studies and extracurricular activities (Krishaun isn’t accepted through the frat process), race issues on campus (Robert is very aware of the lack of diversity at his school), relationships, and added responsibilities—all leading up to their second graduations and updates that tug at the heart strings. Offering an inspiring look at the positive results that can come from hard work and a good support group despite the considerable socioeconomic barriers for young black men, this is highly recommended. Aud: C, P. (J. Williams-Wood)" - Video Librarian
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**Highly Recommended** “Engaging and enlightening, All the Difference tells two deeply personal stories of remarkable will and courage. Amid challenges, setbacks, and insecurities, Robert and Krishaun hold fast to a “not going to fail” mentality instilled in them at Urban Prep. Their experiences underscore the importance of mentoring youth and investing in educational opportunities for underserved populations…Highly recommended for all libraries, All the Difference is an outstanding resource for education, sociology, and contemporary issues courses and an effective professional development tool for educators. A film lesson plan, discussion guide, and reading list are accessible on the film’s POV web page.” - Education Media Reviews, Margaret M. Reed, Riley-Hickingbotham Library, Ouachita Baptist University, Arkadelphia, AR
"Tod Lending's documentary All the Difference…is an inspirational account of black male ambition and perseverance in the face of some harsh statistics." — Leah Pickett, The Chicago Reader
"An inspiring and insightful look at what it takes for students from a tough neighborhood to get through the college years." — Mark Walsh, Education Week
"The general audience of PBS viewers will find multiple points of human connection, despite any demographic distances between them and the protagonists." — Web Behrens, Crain's Chicago Business