A new documentary that brings to light the widening gap in internet and technology access between well-funded and low-income schools is set to premiere on National Geographic Channel on September 26th and is also an official selection of the New York Film Festival. Without A Net: The Digital Divide in America, directed by Rory Kennedy and narrated by Jamie Foxx, explores this digital divide through stories from educators, parents, and students and the policies and funding structures that have contributed to it.
In the one-hour documentary, “Kennedy takes viewers from William Penn High School near Philadelphia, following a family at the center of the recent lawsuit against the PA Dept. of Education, to a coal-mining town in Eastern Kentucky where technology has opened an incredible door for one student, to Harlem in NYC, and Coachella Valley, CA, where a desperate principal parked WiFi-equipped school buses in neighborhoods so kids could get homework done after school. Researchers from Stanford and MIT also take a deeper look at this looming crisis and how it will affect the tech economy of the future.”
Tune into this important film on Tuesday, September 26th at 10PM ET on the National Geographic Channel and watch the trailer below!