Reviews and Festivals
"With compassion and poignant insight, Aisha Sultan explains an American truth that was magnified by the pandemic: Our most vulnerable citizens are constantly at risk of being left behind. Education, Interrupted
packs a punch."
— Tony Messenger, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and columnist
"The film is insightful, bold, unpretentious, and enlightening."
— Toyin Fox, Director of Diversity & Inclusion, John A. Logan College
"Delivers an unflinching yet compassionate look at a single mother in East St Louis struggling to care fore, and educate, her two young children during the pandemic lockdown. It's a welcome rejoinder to bootstrapping rhetoric that continues to plague our nation."
— Eileen G'Sell, film critic, Euclid Media and Rabkin Prize Winner for visual arts journalism
"A visceral and powerful view into a reality that will continue to impact many students and families for years to come. The story drives home that, while the official pandemic might be over, the long-term impacts on young people's education must be confronted. The remedies will require complex, thoughtful, and honest planning by educators, families, and the community as partners."
— Claire L. Wyneken, President and CEO, Wyman Center, Inc.
"Our screening of Education, Interrupted gave our staff, teens, and partners an opportunity to explore the huge impact the pandemic had on education, as well as on the lives of families. The conversations, personal stories, and ideas that were discussed after the film will be important considerations for our work with teens in the years to come."
— Kristine Raterman, Senior Vice President, Donor Engagement & Communications, Wyman
"Captures a snapshot of the private struggles many families experienced during the pandemic navigating the sudden shift to virtual learning, highlighting how the pandemic only exacerbated the urgent need to disrupt the systemic inequities associated with race and class in America."
— Isaiah Melendez, Principal, McCluer High School
" I know that this will be a rewarding program for years to come."
— Sara Jay, Ph.D., Assistant Middle School Principal / History Instructor, John Burroughs School
"Lays bare how our health, education, and social welfare systems fall short in serving those who need and deserve it most. Sultan's great accomplishment comes from putting viewers inside Johnson's everyday experience, allowing them to understand her pain, her heartbreak, her hopelessness and hopefulness. It is a call to action."
— Richard Weiss, Chair, River City Journalism Fund
"While the pandemic left us all struggling with our children's educations, this film drives home that the struggle and resources available were not the same. The gaps for low-income families became chasms despite the best efforts of parents like Tyra. Eye-opening and a must-see for all who hold the purse strings."
— Debbie Monterrey, KKMOX news anchor
St Louis International Film Festival