Pressure Cooker

DVD - 2010
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Pressure Cooker
Documents an entire school year with Wilma Stephenson and those students committed enough to surrender themselves to her enlightened despotism. By the end of the year, thirteen of her students will have made it through the gauntlet. At a school where over 40% of students don't even make it to their senior year, Wilma shows her kids how to achieve the American Dream: You choose a realistic goal. You work hard. You work the system. You get out of Northeast Philly.

Published: [United States] : First Run Features, 2010.
Branch Call Number: DVD 641.509 PRE
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (99 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.


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Shown in November 2010.

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Aug 05, 2014

5 stars-Inspired by the hard work of the students and teacher. I know in North America we have opportunities that other countries may not have. Even in North America people do not realize opportunities or have too many disadvantages. The teacher in this documentary gave all she could to her students to help them succeed in a competitive world. And they came from some hard places. Relating to my own life reminding me if i want something work hard, look for the windows and do my research at the library!
I would have liked to have followed all the students for a few years to see their journeys.

Aug 16, 2013
  • Jane_Sm rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Lack of subtitles made it much less watchable.

Jun 13, 2013
  • amara16713 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Such a great documentary. I loved it.


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