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Great Curve Films

In a country where 58% of African American 4th graders are functionally illiterate, the Lottery is a critically acclaimed documentary that uncovers the failures of the traditional public school system and reveals that hundreds of thousands of parents attempt to flee the system every year. The Lottery follows four of these families from Harlem and the Bronx who have entered their children in a charter school lottery. Out of thousands of hopefuls, only a small minority will win the chance of a better future. Directed by Madeleine Sackler and shot by award-winning cinematographer Wolfgang Held, the Lottery uncovers a ferocious debate surrounding the education reform movement. Interviews with politicians and educators explain not only the crisis in public education, but also why it is fixable. A call to action to avert a catastrophe in the education of American children, the Lottery makes the case that any child can succeed.

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Director: Madeleine Sackler
Producer: Blake Ashman-Kipervaser
Producer: James Lawler
Producer: Madeleine Sackler
Actor: Betsy Gotbaum
Actor: Candice Fryer
Actor: Cory Booker
Actor: Geoffrey Canada
Actor: Meredith Gotlin
Actor: Dacia Toll
Actor: Eric Roachford
Actor: Eric Roachford Jr.
Actor: Eva Moskowitz
Actor: Gregory Goodwine Jr.
Actor: Gregory Goodwine Sr.
Actor: Jessica Reid
Actor: Jim Manly
Actor: Joel Klein
Actor: Laurie Goodwine
Actor: Nathaniel Roachford
Actor: Paul Tough
Actor: Shawna Roachford
Actor: Susan Taylor

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The Lottery | Betsy Gotbaum