1960, their old school was one of the most prestigious schools in the
country. Now the older Jewish and current African-American alumni cross
cultures and join together to return their alma mater to its former
An award winning documentary
about a passionate principal of an
inner-city high school who inspires dueling gangs to relinquish their
weapons for education’s sake.
A discussion about helping East High School will follow the movie.
We are told the showing of this movie at East "is not a money raising
conscious raising event."
The New York Times: "Two things
keep 'Heart of Stone' from being like every other documentary about a
dedicated principal who tries to turn a failed urban high school
around. One is the alumni angle. The other is the sobering way the film
"The film spends considerable time focusing on a heartening effort by
alumni — mostly white and Jewish — from the school’s pre-Newark-riots
glory days to improve things at Weequahic, which is now largely black.
And then there’s that ending. Locals know what happened shortly after
the 2007 graduation recorded here, but in the nonspoiler spirit, let’s
just say this: There is one thing that trumps even the most noble of
Showing sponsored by: Bridges, The Jewish Foundation, Peer Power, Indie
Memphis, and others.