A heartbreaking tale about injustice and systemic racism in its most insidious form– that form which affects the youth and tries to sweeten the bitter taste of oppression by disguising it as a “good deed”.
Kingsley is a 12 year old boy with dreams of being an astronaut who gets sent to a “special school” after being disruptive in class. This school, they say, is more suited to his needs. Kingsley soon learns that this new school has little care for him or any of its students. He pleas to his overworked parents but they have little time for parenting while struggling to provide for their family in a world that doesn’t favor them. Luckily, a group of West Indie women take it upon themselves to intervene so as to save these kids from the future the educational system says is all they’re good for.
Cards on the table, the first half of Education leaves little to be desired as it attempts to quickly establish our characters and set up our narrative in a short period of time– not surprising considering the film is barely an hour long– this, unfortunately, makes it difficult for the audience to connect and ultimately care. Luckily, the second half of the film more than makes up for the first, putting on display a story that manages to make you feel every emotion possible in a mere thirty minutes. This is the follow-up to Mangrove I have been waiting for.
Steve McQueen delivers big, making me cry twice, nearly forgetting about the middle three installments of the Small Axe series. GIVE ME MORE EDUCATION! 7.5/10
Born in Puerto Rico but raised in a combination of the island, Boston and upstate New York. This guy’s accent shifts depending on his mood, as does his sense of style. If you don’t understand him sometimes, don’t feel bad, neither do we.
Having studied film in Florida, with a focus on writing and directing, and having worked on many projects of all sizes and scope, Raul has a well rounded understanding of cinema. He is also a huge fan of American Football and believes Tom Brady to be the indisputable G.O.A.T.