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New film about education in America comes to Memphis

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A new film about the struggle to get a good education in the United States came to Memphis Saturday.

Hundreds of people attended a screening of "Waiting for Superman."  The movie tracks five students through the school lottery process.

The group Stand for Children, with the help of singer John Legend, bought out theaters across the country to send the message that a child's education should not be left to chance or luck.

"I don't live in a nice neighborhood, but I would want better for my daughter," said parent Kenyatta Thomas.  "But that's what she'll have to go through, pulling a number or pulling her name.  So like, 10 out of 800 kids."

Moviegoers were allowed to see the film for free.

"A good public school should not be a privilege, it's a right," said Jaclyn Suffel with Stand for Children.  "Our child's future should not be left up to chance and luck."

Another free screening will be held Wednesday, October 27 at the Malco Ridgeway Four.  To RSVP for tickets, click here.

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