Defying odds on Chicago's South Side


In this intimate film, "All The Difference", directed by the Academy Award winner Tod Lending and executive produced by Wes Moore, the best-selling author of "The Work and The Other Wes Moore," Robert and Krishaun set out to graduate high school and go on to college. Their dreams seem all the more unlikely because of the fact that only 16 percent of black men graduate college with a bachelor's degree or higher.

Filmed over five years, Lending gives us incredible access into these young men's lives, lives that are forever changed by the people and educators around them. It's a heartening coming-of-age film, where at one point Krishaun recounts what it feels like to be back home on Chicago's South Side: "When I go back to Englewood, I feel like LeBron when he goes back to Cleveland!" he exclaims with pride. "I'm doing it for my community and my 'hood."

"All the Difference" airs on PBS Monday, February 19 at 10 p.m. (check local listings), following Independent Lens' "Tell Them We Are Rising," which tells the 170-year history of historically black colleges and universities. "All the Difference" originally aired on POV in September 2016 as part of American Graduate: Let's Make It Happen campaign by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

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