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Lalee's Kin: The Legacy of Cotton DVD

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LaLee's Kin: The Legacy of Cotton has two storylines, both of which show the impoverished life of residents in the American South. The documentary draws the connection — a vicious cycle — between poverty and the lack of education opportunity for black people living in the Mississippi Delta, over 150 years after the abolition of slavery.

Laura Lee (LaLee) Wallace, a great-granddaughter of a slave, is an illiterate 62-year-old woman who has been living all her life in Tallahatchie County, one of the poorest in the United States. She has one surviving son, nine daughters, 38 grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren. Her daily living consists of many difficulties: LaLee has to raise many of her grandchildren, her son is continually put in prison, and most of her daughters have to leave Tallahatchie County searching for work. LaLee's life is heavily dependent on the cotton industry; she struggles to earn a living by cooking lunches for people working in local cotton factories.

Reggie Barnes is the superintendent of the West Tallahatchie school system, which is put on probation by the state due to poor standardized test results. The school has the hardship of trying to educate the children of illiterate parents. If it fails to raise the annual standardized test scores, the school will be taken over by the state.
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  • Format: DVD [MOD]
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Run Time: 89 Minutes
  • Region: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Studio: HBO Archives
  • DVD Release Date: February 15, 2012
  • Genre: Documentary

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4.9

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  • Original (8)
  • Engaging characters (6)
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5.0

VERY REAL LIFE

By D. Johnson

from Dallas, TX

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  • Informative
  • Original

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    I highly recommend. This is a great informative video showing the need for great schools in America's black communities.

     
    5.0

    poverty

    By gw

    from wallaceburg ontario

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    • Engaging Characters
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    • High Production Value
    • Informative
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      Comments about this product:

      my only beef is shipping cost was equal to dvd price!!!

       
      5.0

      Heartbreaking

      By Educator

      from Detroit, MI

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        I will use this in one of my college courses to help teachers to understandy why they need to implement Differentiated Instruction in their classroom.

         
        5.0

        A winner

        By koko

        from Atlanta, Ga.

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        • Informative
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          Comments about this product:

          I purchased this video because I had seen the original documentary on HBO years ago.[...] I would order from the HBO shop again.

           
          5.0

          The DVD was very enlightening!

          By J.A. Farmer

          from Memphis, TN

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          Pros

          • Engaging Characters
          • Informative
          • Original

          Cons

          • Follow-up

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          Comments about this product:

          I use this as a learning tool for juvenile offenders who are also under performing in school. This dvd gave great visuals to the devastating affects of being uneducated in today's economy.

           
          4.0

          Looking forward to Part Two!

          By Mississippi Girl

          from Atlanta, GA

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          Pros

          • Compelling
          • Engaging Characters
          • Historical
          • Informative
          • Original

          Cons

          • Too short

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          • Teach history of poverty
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          Comments about this product:

          Great documentary about poverty and its affects in the South. Needs follow-up on storyline.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          A MUST SEE VIDEO FOR ALL EDUCATORS

          By ctessgo

          from Lawrenceville, GA

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          • Engaging Characters
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            • Diversity Training
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            Comments about this product:

            I have been waiting YEARS for this movie to become available! I am an educator who has been waiting to show this DVD to students in teacher education programs. Why it took so long? I'm not sure, but ALL teacher educators, in service and pre-service teachers must see this video in an effort to dispel some of the attitudes, beliefs and stereotypes about teaching children who are culturally, linguistically and ability diverse.

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            5.0

            This is a great documentary

            By coach p

            from Long Beach, MS

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                Comments about this product:

                I have been waiting for this to come to dvd. I wondered why it took almost 10 years for this to happen. I wish HBO would have done an updated documentary on Lalee because I think the viewers would love to know how she and her family are doing.

                 
                5.0

                The best doc i've seen and bought it.

                By nanasgirl

                from San Bernardino,Ca

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                • Engaging Characters
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                • High Production Value
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                  I bought it and still watches this documentary at least once a month. I Love it.I keeps me well grounded, It is an enriching soul in Ms. Lalee. I even bought it for my mom. and ask every person I know has they seen it but I don't loan my dvd out to NOBODY.I often wonder what ever happened to her and redman(smile) a lalee #2 needs to come out. Is she still alive?

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Finally, this is on DVD!!!

                  By louise71594

                  from Philadelphia, PA

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                    Finally this has been put on DVD. The wait is over. This is a must see documentary that will change you forever. Kudos to this brave, strong woman for her determination and strong love to raise her grandkids. I saw this film about 9 years ago and never forgot it. It touched me in such a way, that I knew I had to do something, so I organized a fundraiser with co-workers to purchase supplies to send to Ms Lalee, her grandkids and other kids of this county to help with school. I often think about her, and tried to find out how she is doing now, but have yet to find out anything. If anybody has any current about her and this town, please post it here.

                    Two thumbs up to HBO for bringing this story to the forefront and finally releasing it on DVD!

                    This is a film that should be watched with family, friends, children and would make a great gift.

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