Called “A shocking chronicle of institutional dysfunction, [that] likens our public school system to prison and its disciplinary methods to fascism” by the New York Times, the 95-minute documentary from writer-director-producer Cevin Soling and producer Dawn Fidrick shows how American public schools have failed in their mission to provide education and eroded the country’s democratic foundation by denying the most basic civil rights to youth.
In 2023, the climate of oppression has led to even more controversy in education for young people, with cultural wars making schools a nexus for indoctrination while gun violence rages across America. Soling’s documentary points the camera directly at the experts who warn of the consequences of surrounding children daily with armed security guards and surveillance cameras and questions what kind of citizens we are producing.
“The War on Kids” is directed by Cevin Soling; edited by Jeremy Carr; music by Martin Trum; and produced by Dawn Fidrick, Carr, and Soling.
Soling is an American writer and filmmaker whose other films include “The War on the War on Drugs” (2005), “Ikland”, a documentary about a journey into northern Uganda and a visit with the notorious Ik people (2011), and “The Gilligan Manifesto” (2016), which explored the deeper themes and political allegories of the hit ’60s sitcom “Gilligan’s Island.”
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