The Cleveland International Film Festival promotes artistically and culturally significant film arts through education and exhibition to enrich the life of the community.
Run Time: 92 minutes
In rural Louisiana, where education standards are among the lowest in the country, Michael and Tracey Landry wanted to be part of the solution. Their mission began with just five students in their kitchen, but their ambitious T.M. Landry College Preparatory School grew to nearly 200 students over the next decade. The draw? The remarkable 100% college acceptance rate for their predominately Black, working-class student body, 30% of whom are admitted to Ivy League schools. Wildly inspiring college acceptance videos landed the school on every feel-good talk show, touting them as the ultimate underdog story. But, as the school garners more media attention, so does public scrutiny. How is this possible? Students live and breathe their studies, but taking the brunt of Michael’s brash lectures and questionable methods of motivation push some youth to their breaking point. ACCEPTED, at once uplifting, shocking, and thought-provoking, exposes the mounting pressures of the college application process and the ethical conflicts intertwined with trying to guarantee someone a successful future. —A.B.
Thursday, March 31, 2022 at 7:20 PM
Friday, April 01, 2022 at 2:35 PM
CIFF46 Streams On Demand
Sunday, April 10, 2022 at 11:00 AM -
Sunday, April 17, 2022 at 11:59 PM
Streams Access: Regional: OH, PA, MI, IN
Closed Captions: Yes
Audio Description: No
English Subtitles: No
46th CIFF College Program
Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up Competition