American Promise ★★★★

Documentary about two African-American boys who both go to the elite Dalton school in New York. Filmed by one set of parents which is remarkable given these parents are an attorney and psychiatrist not filmmakers. Because of this, there's probably a bit too much focus on one kid and not the other and not enough on their friendship which how the film is advertised. Given that, there's still an enormous achievement here, filming two American kinds practically their entire young lives and turning into a coherent, moving narrative. Important questions here about how black boys are educated, how they fit in or don't and why. Really sad scene where one of the kids tries to hail a cab and can't.