Over the last 18 months, not only as the United States struggled with its response to the pandemic, but America has also found itself in a huge debate about the future of policing, after the death of George Floyd and others at the hands of police officers that are supposed to “serve and protect.” And all of these issues intersect in the new documentary, “Homeroom.”
And in honor of “Homeroom” coming to Hulu and select theaters in August, we’re happy to give our readers an exclusive trailer for the new documentary. The doc takes a look at how police and teens at an Oakland public school interact on a daily basis. As you might expect, tensions are high, as the POC-filled student body deals with its distaste of police while also dealing with a school year that gets interrupted due to a life-threatening pandemic.
“Homeroom” comes from director Peter Nicks, who is probably best known for his previous docs, “The Waiting Room” and “The Force.”
“At a time when America is struggling to find its collective voice, this remarkable story of young people finding their own voice in a rapidly changing world is a beacon of hope,” explained Nicks. “I am grateful I was able to bear witness to their resiliency and strength and am so excited to share that with audiences nationwide.”
In our review of “Homeroom” from this year’s Sundance Film Festival, we said, “In all, Nicks’ film is a deft portrait of the power of social movements and the connection between technology and change.”
“Homeroom” debuts in select theaters and on Hulu on August 12. You can watch the exclusive trailer below.
Here’s the synopsis for the film:
In Homeroom, Oakland High School’s class of 2020 confronts an unprecedented year. Anxiety over test scores and college applications gives way to uncertainty springing from a rapidly developing pandemic. Efforts to eliminate the school district’s police force unfold against the backdrop of growing nationwide demands for systemic change.