Film on Northeast High to be shown Sunday

The Gershman Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival celebrates the 50th anniversary of the documentary High School with a special screening.

The Gershman Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival celebrates the 50th anniversary of Frederick Wiseman’s documentary High School with a special 35mm screening on Sunday, Oct. 14, at 7 p.m. at the Lightbox Film Center, located in International House, 37th and Chestnut streets.

Shot over five weeks in March and April 1968, this peek inside Northeast High School was meant to examine what really goes on inside the walls of an American high school.

High School follows students as they go about their day: chatting with classmates, navigating their lessons and getting into quarrels with their guidance counselor. Wiseman delves into the everyday struggle some teachers face to discipline their more unruly charges as well as the prevalent student apathy observed in classrooms where students are seen staring into space.

The film was cited by the Library of Congress as a National Treasure.

The GPJFF is the second-longest-running Jewish film festival in the U.S.

For further information, call 215–545–4400. ••