Critic Consensus: America to Me confronts hard questions through candid moments in a Chicago high school, crafting an exploration of race and class relations in America that is as insightful as it is inspiring.
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The students themselves are spirited, perceptive and memorable in their own analyses of the challenges they face, and this series, filmed over the course of a year, captures affecting portraits of them at a crucial time in their lives.
The 10-part documentary series from Steve James (Hoop Dreams) is profound and thoughtful, taking a detailed look at inequality in America through the lens of a storied high school in Chicago.
Even in a series this expansive, you keep wishing you could spend more time with more people, but its scope allows James and his team to show both victories and defeats fade into the past, how fragile and yet how resilient its protagonists can be.
A momentous achievement, both a statement on where we are right now in terms of race and how we need to work together to get somewhere better.
[James] captures the specific moments that are hard to explain without being there - like a young black girl who feels uncomfortable with a white teacher's constant attempts to relate to her - and the larger systemic issues that are harder to upend.
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