Heart of Stone chronicles the transformational journey of Newark, New Jersey’s Weequahic High School. In the 1960s, it was an academically-distinguished, mostly Jewish enclave immortalized in the novels of Philip Roth, its most famous alumnus. When Ron Stone became principal in 2001, Weequahic was one of the most violent schools in the country and overrun with gangs. Determined to restore the school to its former glory, Principal Stone enlisted the help of African-American and Jewish alumni to raise much-needed money for essential materials. Bravely, he convinced the local leader of the Bloods gang to help keep kids in school until graduation, and inspired the Bloods leader to himself go on to college. Resolved to work with gang members, Stone creates a non-violence zone where grievances are solved through conflict resolution sessions. Stone is a modern American hero and the film demonstrates how disparate groups can join forces to give their old communities something they have not had for generations - a future.
Join us after the movie for Q & A with the filmmakers and a reception!
ABOUT THE FILMMAKER
Heart of Stone is Beth Kruvant's third documentary. Her first documentary, Born in Buenos Aires, won the Directors Award at the Detroit Jewish Film Festival. Kruvant’s second film, The Right To Be Wrong, was featured on PBS, and is being distributed by National Film Network. Kruvant practiced civil and criminal litigation law for 20
years in New Jersey, before creating Good Footage Productions, Inc., a charitable organization formed to produce documentary films that raise awareness of communities in crisis.
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