Thursday, May 01, 2008
In the documentary Zoned In, we have Daniel Nartey, who went to Taft High School in the Bronx. He had moved there when his family had to leave North Carolina. He sold drugs, he left behind a young son and he was still in high school. With the encouragement of a teacher, he applied to colleges and was accepted at most of the Ivy leagues. He chose Brown University for his studies. His time at Brown was interesting. Of course I loved all the footage of Thayer Street, as that's where the Avon Theater is. Though he was very bright, hard working and motivated, he still experienced a lot of the angst, discouragement and anger young college students feel. He graduated and returned to the Bronx as a history teacher. This film spanned 9 years of a young man's life, it was interesting. He now teaches at Taft and his students were sitting in the row in front of us, cheering on the film and their teacher. Pretty cool.