“Race To Nowhere” a Documentary about intense academic pressure that pushes American kids to the brink to be screened in Long Beach

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RaceToNowhereAn award-winning documentary exposing intense, pervasive academic pressure on schoolchildren will be screened in Long Beach on October 8, 2010. The film, “Race to Nowhere”, has won numerous awards at film festivals for its honest, unflinching look at stressed-out students facing depression, illness and burnout, thanks to parents who push them to be the best.

“With so many parents and children facing the same academic-focused challenges, we thought it was important that the community gather to not only see the film, but have an open discussion on the issues it touches upon,” says Aimee Rice, one of the event’s organizers.

Race to Nowhere, to be shown Friday October 8, 2010 at 7 pm at the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church 5761 East Colorado Street, Long Beach, 90814.The movie has been an official entry at various, high-profile film festivals, including the California Independent Film Festival, the Sonoma International Film Festival, and the Buffalo International Film Festival. Proceeds from tickets, which will cost $15 at the door (if available) and $10 if purchased online, will go to the Los Alamitos High School Aquatics program. A breakout discussion will follow the screening of the film.

About the film
Directed and produced by Vicki Abeles, “Race to Nowhere” was conceived when Abeles’ own daughter was taken to the emergency room due to illness related to academic pressure. Determined to find out more, Abeles began speaking to psychiatrists, only to learn that illness, cheating, dropping out and suicides among over-pushed children was on the rise. After extensive interviews with students, parents and teachers alike, the film was crafted to improve the lives of children across the country.

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