Sunday, January 29, 4:35 pm, Showplace

The Bad Kids

The Bad Kids

  • Keith Fulton, Lou Pepe
  • 101 minutes
  • 2015
  • USA
  • Sunday, January 29, 4:35 pm, Showplace
Sponsored by Active Minds at Trent; Dalhousie Youth Support Services
U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Vérité Filmmaking, Sundance Film Festival 2016

Dedicated educators work to give at risk-students command of their futures

At a remote Mojave Desert high school, extraordinary educators tackle America’s most serious education problem: intractable generational poverty. This immersive coming-of-age drama follows Principal Vonda Viland over the course of the school year as she coaches three at-risk teens: a new father unable to support his family, a young woman contending with the effects of sexual abuse, and an angry teen from an unstable home. Together they confront the traumas and obstacles that rob the students of their spirit and threaten their goal of a high-school diploma. More than a tale of one heroic teacher, The Bad Kids offers a practical model for how public education can address and combat the crippling effects of poverty.