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Back to School with Frederick Wiseman
 @ the Museum of the City of New York

  • Museum of the City of New York 1220 5th Avenue New York, NY, 10029 United States (map)

High School II

(on 16mm)

Frederick Wiseman, 1994, 221 min

Frederick Wiseman, 1994, 221 min

The screening will be preceded by an introductory discussion with Deborah Meier, the founder of the Central Park East Elementary School, and one of the main subjects of the film, educators Nancy Mann and Marian Mogulescu, who were teaching at Central Park East during the time of the filming, and former students Jason Warwin and Zawadi Powell, now of The Brotherhood/Sister Sol in Harlem, who were also at Central Park East at the time High School II was filmed. Speakers also include and Kaliris Salas-Ramirez and K.A. Dilday of the Central Park East 1 Parents Association.

High School II examines life in a New York "alternative", public high school, Central Park East Secondary School in East Harlem, neighbor to the Museum of City of New York. Though the title suggests that this film is a sequel to Frederick Wiseman’s 1969 documentary High School, it’s actually not. The focus of this film is on the interactions between the students, faculty, staff, and parents. As Caryn James, writing in The New York Times in 1994, noted the film is "a study in social mobility."

Includes Museum admission and complimentary beer courtesy of Harlem Blue.


In Partnership with:

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Smile, It’s Your Close Up 2: New York’s Documentaries, a nonfiction film series co-programmed by Jessica Green and Edo Choi of the Cinema at the Maysles Documentary Center and the Museum of the City of New York, zooms in on key moments, individuals, and communities to pose the question, “what makes New York New York?” Each program includes an introduction or conversation with filmmakers or other notable guests.

  • $15 for adults | $12 for seniors, students & educators (with ID) | $10 for Maysles Documentary Center members and Museum of the City of New York members. Includes Museum of the City of New York admission.
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