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Pressure Cooker

(DVD - 2010 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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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.
Title: Pressure cooker
[videorecording]
Published: [United States] : First Run Features, 2010.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (99 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: True/False Film Festival.
True/False Film Fest entry.
Summary: 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.
Local Note: 1
Branch Call Number: DVD 641.509 PRE
Statement of Responsibility: directed and produced by Jennifer Grausman and Mark Becker
System Details: DVD.
Subject Headings: Teachers Pennsylvania Philadelphia Video recordings. Cookery Study and teaching Pennsylvania Philadelphia Video recordings.
Genre/Form: Documentary films.
Nonfiction films.
Topical Term: TrueFalse Film Fest film.
Teachers
Cookery
Publisher No: 914260
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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.

Mar 12, 2013
  • ray313 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

The document is about a group of inner city Philadelphia high school students and their journey to a career in the culinary field. The story takes a look at the obstacles and challenges that confront them, both in the larger society and at home. Good film if your interested in youth issues, or if you'd like some insight on what it takes to make it in the culinary world.

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