CODESWITCHING: Race and Identity in the Suburban Schoolhouse

NOLA Code:
CDSW 0000H1
Number of Episodes/Length:
1 / 60
Rights End:
11/27/2023
TV-G
CC
sIX
Stereo
Year Produced:
2020
Version:
Base
At daybreak, thousands of African American students shuttle from the inner-city to white suburban schools in the greatest voluntary experiment in desegregation and academic opportunity. Participants speak of feeling like imposters, stuck in a state of not fully belonging in either place, exacerbated by the social media circles that enshroud them. Teen girls, estranged from suburban classmates and ostracized in their own neighborhoods, grapple with inherent racism and isolation. They default to “code switching” to fit- in. The boys also feel pressured to “act white” or “act more black”, and struggle to span home life and school culture, but benefit from the trope of the scholastic athlete-hero. For the earlier generation of busing participants, the program was largely considered a fluid path forward, any downsides just a tax paid for a better education. Animation and an original score add to the appeal of this character-based narrative.

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Program Rights

Broadcast Rights:
Unlimited
Rights Dates:
11/28/2020 - 11/27/2023
School Rights:
1 year
V.O.D. Rights:
No
Linear Live Streaming:
Yes
Non-Commercial Cable Rights:
Yes