CHEKHOV FOR CHILDREN tells the inspiring story of an ambitious undertaking: the 1979 staging on Broadway of "Uncle Vanya" by New York City 5th and 6th graders, directed by the celebrated writer Phillip Lopate. Using a wealth of never-before-screened student documentary videos and dramatic super 8mm films from the era, CHEKHOV FOR CHILDREN explores the interplay between art and life for a dozen friends across thirty years (including the filmmaker).
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Excellent, mind opening and (to coin a word from the '70s) mind blowing. Amazing to see the transformation from child to adult, but more amazing to see how insightful children can be when given the pathway to get there. Every school needs a Philip Lopate and every community needs a P.S. 75!
Wonderful film on so many levels! How capable children are when offered the chance. I loved the interviews when they are adults reflecting back to that time. Makes one nostalgic for their childhood years.