Waiting for “Superman”
Genre: Documentary
Director: Davis Guggenheim
Star: Geoffrey Canada


In 2006, Davis Guggenheim’s An Inconvenient Truth not only won the Best Documentary Oscar, but it helped an entire generation understand and start thinking about environmental change. Now the filmmaker hopes Waiting for “Superman” has the same effect on a deplorable American school system that has been reduced to forcing some children to literally play lotteries for spots in decent learning facilities.


Like An Inconvenient Truth, the film is a heavy mix of stats and information but with the charismatic personalities of school reformer Geoffrey Canada and the five innocent children that Guggenheim follows through to their fateful lottery day, the message is clear.