A 90-minute documentary probing the relationship between poverty and education
“LaLee’s Kin” powerfully explores the intersection of poverty and education in the backwater of the Mississippi Delta. It focuses on LaLee Wallace, an illiterate former cotton picker and matriarch of a large, impoverished family, and Reggie Barnes, a visionary local school superintendent struggling to keep his schools from being taken over by the state. An intimate cinema-verite film without any narration, “LaLee’s Kin” is a superb piece of reporting that deals with major issues: education, the value of standardized testing and the heroic measures needed to help children escape from all-consuming poverty.
Susan Froemke and Deborah Dickson with Albert Maysles, directors; Susan Froemke, producer; Deborah Dickson, editor; Albert Maysles, director of photography; John Hoffman, supervising producer; Sheila Nevins, executive producer.
Original story: mayslesfilms.com/films/films/laleeskin.html