Hello, Readers! Homeroom 2021 is an American documentary film directed and produced by Peter Nicks. This documentary, which was an official selection at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, is the final chapter in a trilogy of films examining the relationship between health care, criminal justice, and education in Oakland, CA over the past decade.
Nicks previously directed 2012’s The Waiting Room, set in a public hospital, and 2017’s The Force, which covers the troubled Oakland Police Department, both of which will also be streaming on Hulu.
Nicks directed the film and produced it with Sean Havey. It was produced by A Concordia Studio, Open’hood production, in association with XTR and Proximity Media with Ryan Coogler as an exec producer alongside Laurene Powell Jobs, Davis Guggenheim, Nicole Stott, Jonathan Silberberg, Jen Rainin, Tony Hsieh, Bryn Mooser, and Kathryn Everett.
Homeroom 2021: Release Date
Hulu acquired the film’s U.S. distribution rights and set it for an August 12, 2021 release.
Homeroom 2021: Official Trailer
What is this about?
The film follows Oakland High School’s class of 2020 as they confront an unprecedented year. Anxiety over test scores and college applications gives way to uncertainty springing from a rapidly developing pandemic. Efforts to eliminate the school district’s police force unfold against the backdrop of growing nationwide demands for systemic change.
Who’s in it?
The film covers the 2019-2020 school year for a group of Oakland high school seniors, from fighting racial injustice to a global pandemic.