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The Bad Kids

Teachers at a Mojave Desert high school believe that compassion and life skills can change lives.

Overview

Genre
Social Issues
Synopsis

Located in an impoverished Mojave Desert community, Black Rock Continuation High School is one of California's alternative schools for students at risk of dropping out. Every student here has fallen so far behind in credits that they have no hope of earning a diploma at a traditional high school. Black Rock is their last chance. This film is an observational documentary that chronicles one extraordinary principal's mission to realize the potential of these students.

Stage
finished
Running time
101 minutes

Credits

Production Details

Prod. Co.
Low Key Pictures
Years of Production
2013-2015
Locations
Joshua Tree, California
Prod. Partners
The Sundance Institute, The Threshold Foundation, The Filmmaker Fund, Film Independent

Distribution Details

Release year
2016
Festivals
Sundance Film Festival, HotDocs International Documentary Festival, True/False Film Festival, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, Visions du Réel (Nyon, Switzerland), Docaviv (Tel Aviv, Israel)
Awards
Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Award for Verité Filmmaking, Nominated for Peabody Award, Documentary Category, Nominated for National Emmy Award for Outstanding Business and Economics Documentary
Distribution
Netflix, Independent Lens
Broadcast (Prod.)
ITVS
Broadcast (Acq.)
Netflix, ITVS
Language
English
Subtitles
Spanish, French, Chinese

Photos

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