Powerful documentary on U.S. education system coming to Flagstaff

Waiting for Superman

A moving documentary that scrutinizes public education and how the system can inhibit the success of today’s children is coming to Flagstaff next week.

Written and directed by Academy Award-winner Davis Guggenheim,Waiting for Superman will show at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 14, at Harkins Theaters.

Waiting for Superman examines the public school system in the United States while following the stories of five children waiting to win a lottery into a charter school. It has been named best documentary by the National Board of Review and was a featured documentary at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

“Consideration of the public education system couldn’t happen at a better time,” NAU President John Haeger said. “This film is powerful and will inspire conversations about the critical need for every citizen to have access to a quality education, and how our education system at every level directly affects our success as a nation.”

Guggenheim won an Oscar for Best Documentary in 2007 for An Inconvenient Truth, a documentary about global warming that featured former Vice President Al Gore.

Waiting for Superman is in limited release, and Tuesday’s showing was made possible through sponsorship by NAU, the Flagstaff Forty, the Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce and United Way of Northern Arizona.

Contact the Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce at (928) 774-4505 for ticket information. Admission, a suggested $5 donation, will benefit St. Mary’s Food Bank and Northern Arizona Food Bank.

View the trailer here.