"Backpack Full of Cash" Documentary Screening
Narrated by Academy Award-winning actor, Matt Damon,
BACKPACK explores the real cost of privatizing America's public schools.
BACKPACK FULL OF CASH follows the tumultuous 2013-14 school year in Philadelphia and other cities where public education - starved of resources and undermined by privatization - is at risk. The documentary also showcases a model for improving schools - a well-resourced public school system in Union City, New Jersey, where poor kids are getting a high quality
education without charters or vouchers. BACKPACK FULL OF CASH makes the case for public education as a basic civil right.
The film features genuine heroes like the principals, teachers, activists, parents and most hearteningly, students who are fighting for their education. Former Assistant Secretary of Education Diane Ravitch, writer David Kirp and policy expert Linda Darling Hammond are among the national thought leaders who provide analysis in the film.