Raising Bertie
First screened in October 2016
Director: Margaret Byrne. Documentary about three teenaged black American men as well as their families and community members in a struggling county in rural North Carolina. Screenplay: Margaret Byrne and Leslie Simmer.

Twitter Capsule: Personal and systemic travails of poor black teens and their rural community, conveyed with candor and compassion.

VOR:   This should have been the movie or at least the documentary of the year. A tender but forceful profile of people and places perpetually ignored.

Photo © 2016 Kartemquin Films, © 2017 Gunpowder & Sky

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: A–

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