Welcome to Commie High

Thursday, March 4, 2021
7:00 pm
Virtual Screening
Q&A after the film
95 minutes
Donald Harrison

The Screening Room and the NBPT Docu Fest (NDFF) present an exclusive virtual screening event of the acclaimed documentary WELCOME TO COMMIE HIGH on March 4 at 7:00 pm. Join us after the film for a live Q&A with filmmakers Donald Harrison and David Camlin along with panelists Jonnie Lyn Evans (Director of the River Valley Charter School) and Marci Tuzinsky (Dean of Community High).


"Welcome to Commie High" offers a glimpse into the history of one of the longest-running alternative high schools in the country. Ann Arbor’s Community High School (CHS) was started in the 1970s as a “school without walls,” a place where structured curricula were abandoned in favor of flexible programs that fit individual students’ needs. With its focus on real-world education, today the institution is one of the few remaining public schools from the Free School movement and an interesting model to take inspiration from at a time when teachers are looking, out of necessity, toward innovative educational approaches.