The Boys in Red Hats (2021)

Director: Jonathan Schroder Run Time: 87 min. Rating: NR Release Year: 2021

Country: United States
Language: English

Presented in our Virtual Screening Room

“The first step to finding common ground and enacting change”

– Alan Ng for Film Threat

About the film:

January 18, 2019. Surrounded by cheering classmates on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, 17-year-old Nick Sandmann instantly and unwittingly became a global headline as he appeared to confront Nathan Phillips, a Native American elder, at that year’s heated March for Life rally. Overnight, clips of the interaction went viral. Sandmann and his classmates were hit with a tidal wave of worldwide outrage and the entire Covington Catholic community was suddenly at the center of uncomfortable conversation.

A graduate of that elite institution, filmmaker Jonathan Schroder watched the incident – and the subsequent media blowback – with keen interest, knowing firsthand the deeply formative nature of an adolescence spent inside the entitled bubble.

In The Boys in Red Hats, Schroder investigates how one fleeting interaction can become a global controversy and what it’s going to take if we ever hope to bridge the deep divides in our communities – and our country.

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