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Pushout

The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools

Dir. Monique Morris & Jacoba Atlas 90 min

2019

Pushout takes a deep dive into the lives of Black girls and the practices, cultural beliefs, and policies that disrupt one of the most important factors in their lives — education. The documentary underscores the challenges Black girls face with insight from experts across the country who have worked extensively in the field of social justice, gender equality, and educational equity. These experts give context to the crisis and provide a roadmap for how our educational system and those who interact with Black girls can provide a positive rather than punitive response to behaviors that are often misunderstood or misrepresented.

Emphasizing first-person narratives, the documentary visits girls aged seven to 19 who describe navigating a society that often marginalizes and dismisses them. At the same time, the documentary lays out how adults and policy makers can address the needs of these young girls and women with positive responses that can short circuit the pervasive over punishment of Black girls.

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