107 min

Online Screening

Nov 11 - Nov 29

The Harlem Children’s Zone Initiative has transformed the lives of several generations of children and led a revolutionary educational and social experiment to break the cycle of poverty and violence. This inspiring and timely film uses an extraordinary archive to document its history. From serving one block in the 1990s to ultimately reaching 97 blocks, the program demonstrates real change through the stories of students, educators, and the visionaries who are still helping children succeed.

This film has English language closed captioning available.  For more information about closed captions and accessibility at DOC NYC, please click here.

Included with the screening ticket is an exclusive pre-recorded Q&A with Director Rayner Ramirez, immediately following the film.

A portion of ticket sales will benefit the Harlem Children’s Zone.

DOC NYC Live event: Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 1 ET on Facebook Live– We discuss the Harlem Children’s Zone with Founder Geoffrey Canada, CEO Kwame Owusu Kesse, graduate Amber Deas, board member Stanley Druckenmiller, and Senior Manager and Executive Producer Marlene Fox.


Director: Rayner Ramirez
Executive Producer: Amber Payne, Marlene Fox , Laura Vural
Producer: Rayner Ramirez; Associate Producer: Gemma Weiner, Justin Rodriguez, Alex Borden
Writer: Rayner Ramirez
Cinematographer: Rayner Ramirez
Editor: Orando Loredo, Hakim Fajardo
Music: Chris Rob
Language: English
Country: USA
Year: 2020

Event details


Nov 11 - Nov 29


Online Screening

Explore More

2020 METROPOLIS COMPETITION WINNER After making the dangerous journey from his native Guatemala to New York City, 15-year-old Luis struggles to balance attending school and finding work to support his family back home. Meanwhile, Judy, a...

2020 METROPOLIS COMPETITION SPECIAL JURY RECOGNITION   THIS FILM IS SOLD OUT. WORLD PREMERE |  Emerging as a distinctive voice in the East Village art scene of the 1980s, David Wojnarowicz combined a variety of...

THIS FILM IS SOLD OUT WORLD PREMIERE | Dash Snow rejected a life of privilege to make his own way as an artist on the streets of downtown New York City in the late 1990s. Developing from a notorious graffiti tagger into an international art...

Winner: Audience Award DOC NYC 2020 WORLD PREMIERE | Lorine Padilla rose to prominence as the “first lady” of the Savage Skulls gang in 1970s New York City. As the wife of one of its founders, Padilla’s position as surrogate...

WORLD PREMIERE | Ruth Finley, a pocket-sized woman of immense determination, has been the queen of the fashion industry since the 1930s. As a young mother, Ruth created the iconic pink Fashion Calendar , a publication that continues to organize...

INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE |  Whistleblower. Iconoclast. Pariah. In the 1970s, former NYPD Detective Bob Leuci was instrumental in taking down New York City’s most corrupt police unit after turning informant on his own squad. After decades of...

WORLD PREMIERE |  In the 1980s, Corey Pegues found himself embroiled in a life of crime as a member of New York’s City’s infamous Supreme Team gang. After an incident forces Pegues away from the streets, he unexpectedly emerges as...

With blight ravaging New York City in the 1970s, the Young Lords and Black Panthers fought for radical change in their communities. Through the leadership of Dr. Mutulu Shakur—Tupac Shakur’s stepfather—these activists created the first acupuncture...

Runner Up: Audience Award DOC NYC 2020 WORLD PREMIERE | Beginning in 1980s New York City, this film chronicles the love story between dancers Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane, the diverse dance company they founded, and the painful devastation...