The Freire Charter School
This video is available for purchase as part of the Community Visions compilation DVD
Named for the Brazilian educational philosopher, Freire Charter School is an innovative, college-preparatory high school in Center City Philadelphia. The school is known for academic excellence and its distinctly Freirian emphasis on individual freedom, critical thinking, and experiential learning. Programs such as the PEACE Project provide students with individualized, self-designed curriculums. But in Freire Charter’s seventh year, some PEACE students realized that few at Freire knew much about the school’s namesake. Who is Paulo Freire?
Produced by the Philadelphia Foundation's Youth Involvement Network & Scribe Video Center
Hebert Peck Jr. & Miyoshi Smith
$20 for individuals / $35 for Community Institutions ie: libraries, schools, non-profits / $50 for Universities & Businesses
Forget the stereotype of apathetic youth; it wasn't true then and it certainly isn't now. This history of youth activism in Philadelphia since the 1960s was produced by six high school students -- Rasheda Belton, Yuk-Lin Chan, Miguel Ortiz, Suzann Petroski, Sultan Shakir, and Lateefa Williams. Their collaboration neatly captures the rich stories of local activists, past and present, who discuss the roles young people have played and continue to play in the arena of social change.
Hébert Peck Jr. is an independent television producer. He has created television series, short form documentaries and web based projects for Rutgers University Television Network, a statewide closed circuit cable television and broadband Internet system. These programs air internationally through the ReseachChannel. Peck is the producer of Philadelphia Stories, a 13-hour series of documentaries and short films exploring the people, the places and things that make up the rich fabric of Philadelphia. Peck’s personal work, including the award winning video essay Little Hébert, has been broadcast on PBS and screened at festivals nationally. For eight years Peck managed the operation of the Scribe Video Center in Philadelphia. He completed one term as the co-president on the Board of Directors of the National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture (NAMAC) and has served on an advisory capacity in such areas as film, video and multimedia production funding for the Rockefeller Foundation, the Independent Television Services (ITVS), the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS).
Miyoshi Smith is a media artist whose credits include two major radio series for national and international distribution: First and Last Words, a poetry series hosted by writer Sonia Sanchez, featuring Essex Hemphill, Larry Duckette and Linh Dinh; and Even the Sounds Are Blue, a musical series hosted by vocalist/composer Cassandra Wilson and featuring Michel Rosewoman, Craigh Harris and David Murray.
January 11, 1995 - "Youth In Action On TV 12," Star Newspaper
January 18, 1995 - "Trying to Tell A Vision: Six Teenagers Make A Documentary About Young Activists, Past and Present," by Michael McGettigan, Philadelphia Weekly
January 31, 1995 - "Youth Activism Highlighted in Documentary," Philadelphia Tribune,
January 18, 1995 - Broadcast at 10pm on WHYY TV12 (Philadelphia, PA)