Let the Little Light Shine
Director: Kevin Shaw Run Time: 82 min. Release Year: 2022
Tagline: A predominantly African-American community in Chicago comes together to fight city planners and gentrification when they learn their high-performing elementary school’s curriculum is at risk of being phased out.
Synopsis: When city planners impose unwanted changes, one person can easily feel helpless – but a group of people with a common cause just might find enough collective strength to fight the power. LET THE LITTLE LIGHT SHINE tells the story of the parents, students, administrators and students of Chicago’s National Teachers Academy, a high-performing public elementary school in an African-American neighborhood, who join forces in an effort to do just that. When the powers that be announce plans to phase out NTA’s current K-8 curriculum and transform it into a high school drawing students from other schools, the community senses gentrification at work and gets organized. Kevin Shaw’s riveting documentary captures the struggle to save NTA through all its highs and lows – introducing us to charismatic young leaders taking a stand to protect their academic futures.
Critic Quotes: “During its premiere at True/False, where it was chosen as the Show Me True/False honoree, “Little Light” regularly moved members of the audience to groans, gasps, cheers, tears and, finally, a standing ovation.” – Los Angeles Times
Friday, September 30, 2022: 2:20, 7:00
Saturday October 1, 2022: 2:20, 7:00
Sunday, October 2, 2022: 12:00, 4:20
Monday, October 3, 2022: 12:00, 4:20
Tuesday, October 4, 2022: 2:20
Wednesday, October 5, 2022: 12:00, 4:20
Thursday, October 6, 2022: 2:20, 7:00
Ticket Prices: $12 Regular / $10 Students & Seniors / $9 Members