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Notes From the Field

DRAMA | TV-MA | 1 HR 31 MIN | 2018

Tony and Pulitzer Prize nominee Anna Deavere Smith brings her acclaimed one-woman show of the same name to the screen. The HBO Film presentation dramatizes accounts of students, parents, teachers and administrators caught in America’s school-to-prison pipeline, which pushes underprivileged, minority youth out of the classroom and into incarceration. Read More


“No justice, no peace.”

— Anna Deavere Smith

as Jamal Harrison Bryant, Pastor and Founder, Empowerment Temple AME Church


INTERVIEW
Anna’s Process

After interviewing 250 subjects, Smith explains how and why she chose the real-life people she portrays in the film.

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BEHIND THE SCENES
Invitation to the Set

“It’s a call for people who want a more just world to get onboard and start a new movement.” Smith gives a peek inside the production, directed by Kristi Zea.

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INTERVIEW
Why This Fight Matters

“The gap between rich and poor has really widened.” Smith discusses why the film’s message is essential in this socially and politically charged time.

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INTERVIEW
The School-to-Prison Pipeline

“Rich kids get mischief, poor kids get pathologized and incarcerated.” Smith explains the injustice that starts with America's schools.

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INTERVIEW
Meet the Musician: Marcus Shelby

The bassist who joins Anna Deavere Smith on stage during the film brings elements of the blues to the stories told.

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