One of the highlights from my trip to New York was being invited by One2One and TheMoms to see an advanced screening of the upcoming movie, Won’t Back Down starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis and Rosie Perez.
After watching the movie and full-on ugly crying (yes it’s that good), we had a really fun Q&A with the cast and director of the film! I was also happy that I got to hang with my friend Christin for a little while in the craziness of the conference 🙂
Christin & me post-ugly cry
Won’t Back Down: Synopsis
Two determined mothers, one a teacher, look to transform their children’s failing inner city school. Facing a powerful and entrenched bureaucracy, they risk everything to make a difference in the education and future of their children.
I loved hearing their perspectives on education and as I prepare to enter my own children into the public school system, it definitely gave me a lot to think about. I think this is a must-see movie not just because of the educational content, but also because it was a genuinely sweet film about the complications of parenting choices and how they affect us all.
There have already been some negative reports saying that this movie is meant to incite infighting between parents. I didn’t get that feeling at all and only felt more empowered to pay attention to my child and his schools as he enters the system. At the end of the day, I think that was the goal of the movie and I thought they did a great job!
Check out the trailer below as well as my clips from the audience chat with the actors!