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The Lottery (2010)

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"The Lottery" is a feature length documentary that explores the struggles and dreams of four families from Harlem and The Bronx in the months leading up to the lottery for Harlem Success Academy, one of the most successful charter schools in New York. The four families cast their lots in a high stakes draw, where only a small minority of children emerge with a chance at a better future.

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You look at all these beautiful kids, with all the potential in the world, and every expectation for a great life, and you know that at most one-sixth of them will come out of the room with a fighting chance. That shouldn't be.

Full Review… | July 22, 2010
San Francisco Chronicle
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The film takes an effective, two-pronged approach to tell its enlightening tale.

Full Review… | June 18, 2010
Los Angeles Times
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Though infinitely classier -- and easier on the eyes -- than Cartel, the recent documentary exploring public education, this latest charter-school commercial is no less one-sided.

Full Review… | June 11, 2010
New York Times
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Charter schools, good or bad? That's the question raised by director Madeleine Sackler's timely but standard documentary The Lottery.

Full Review… | June 11, 2010
New York Post
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Advocacy to the point of propaganda.

Full Review… | June 9, 2010
Variety
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Director Madeleine Sackler favors an agenda of advocacy over complexity, making The Lottery an effective, if unapologetically one-sided, piece of agitprop.

Full Review… | June 9, 2010
Time Out
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Audience Reviews for The Lottery

The commentary by Karl Willingham (56 minute marker) broke my heart. "No Child Left Behind," seems to be leaving countless numbers behind. So very sad.

Matthew Bourne
Matthew Bourne
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Makes me grateful to live in Anchorage with its very progressive charter school system. I know that there are groups that oppose charter schools but I was stunned to witness how furiously some will defend the status quo.

Andrea Egg
Andrea Egg

Plain and simple...children deserve a quality education no matter their income level, race, ethnicity, family background, location of their home, etc. How are we suppose to grow a flourishing future for our families, our communities, and our country without educating our children?

Alice Schlegel
Alice Schlegel

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