Airs Sunday, May 18 at 4:00 PM on WVIZ/PBS
Facing Forward: A Student’s Story journeys inside E Prep, an academically rigorous charter school in Cleveland, Ohio, as seen through the eyes and experiences of Tyree — a struggling 7th grader who possesses equal parts charm and smarts. By connecting with Tyree, as well as with his teachers and family, viewers learn about the complex and sometimes overwhelming challenges facing those involved in urban education.
The documentary, directed by Cleveland Heights resident Laura Paglin, was voted an Audience Award runner-up when it was screened at the 2011 Cleveland International Film Festival.
The Plain Dealer’s Andrea Simakis wrote, “Tyree’s journey is as dramatic and moving as any work of fiction, but more heart-wrenching because it’s real. The final minutes of the film are jaw-dropping; ‘Facing Forward’s’ lessons [are] vital to the human curriculum.”
Facing Forward: A Student’s Story is made possible in part by grants from the Raskind Family Fund at the Cleveland Foundation and by the Sherwick Fund at the Cleveland Foundation.