This video is part of a series by independent filmmakers who have received grants from the Ford Foundation and additional support from the nonprofit Sundance Institute.

In this Op-Doc video, we have tried to encapsulate the journey of our son — a boy who comes of age with many privileges and many challenges — as well as our own. We sought to protect Idris from the African-American male achievement gap in education, where boys like him, regardless of their socioeconomic status, are confronted with experiences that affect their academic performance, as compared to their white counterparts.

(The story of Idris and one of his close friends became our feature-length documentary “American Promise”, from which this Op-Doc video is adapted.)