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Film Series: Runs & Limited Engagements

No Small Matter

2018, Daniel Alpert, Greg Jacobs, and Jon Siskel, USA, 74 min.

Show Times

  • Fri, Sep 6th 6:15pm
  • Sat, Sep 7th 5:00pm
  • Sun, Sep 8th 2:30pm
  • Wed, Sep 11th 6:00pm
  • Thu, Sep 12th 7:45pm
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"A powerful and enlightening film."—Rick Kogan, Chicago Tribune

"Effectively makes the case for why America needs to be treating early childhood education as a bigger issue than it has been."—Marissa De La Cerda, Chicago Reader

The mystery and wonder of the young growing brain are at the core of this engaging documentary, the first of its kind in linking early childhood education with the science and the proof that lifelong success builds critically on the quality of stimulation received between the ages of one and six. No dry study, this film goes where change happens, from the vibrant “Yellow Room” in Highland Park, Illinois, where Ms. Giannini leads her small and eager charges in an exciting search for outdoor bugs, to a free program for working parents in Waco, Texas, where a Hispanic mom joyfully discovers that the simple act of reading to her kids results in a wealth of emotional and intellectual benefits. Bringing animation, humor, scientific research, and a performance by the Cookie Monster into the mix, the award-winning filmmakers (LOUDER THAN A BOMB) delve into the nation’s crisis in early childhood education with positive look to the future. Narrated by Alfre Woodard. ProRes digital. (BS)

Co-directors Alpert, Jacobs, and Siskel, plus additional guests, are scheduled to be present for audience discussion on Sat., Sun., Wed., and Thu.

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