about the film

WE THE PARENTS is a feature documentary film that follows a courageous group of parents in Compton, California who lead the first-ever attempt to take over their failing public elementary school using California’s new “Parent Trigger” law. While the heart of the film follows the parents’ struggle in Compton, the film also explores the origins of the “Parent Trigger” law and spread of this movement across the nation. WE THE PARENTS attempts to provide an honest and balanced depiction of events through a combination of verite footage and interviews, while using animation to explain complex concepts in an entertaining way. Experts, parents, organizers, journalists, school officials, and politicians provide key insights and lessons learned from the first implementation of the law.

While many recent documentaries have highlighted the crisis of our education system, WE THE PARENTS examines a potential solution by following everyday parents in their extraordinary effort for their children. The idea of giving power to parents is an untested one, and the film follows every step of the significant controversy, drama, and legal battles that ensue when parents attempt to exercise their rights. As news spreads about the events in Compton, the film tracks the ripple effect of these parents’ efforts as the idea of a “Parent Trigger” spreads to other communities in California and across the country.

The feature debut film of James Takata, WE THE PARENTS tells a universal story of parents wanting a better future for their children. The film takes an inspiring and uncertain look at whether parents, the largest stakeholder group in the education system, can organize to create immediate and effective change and captures every step of this unprecedented moment in American history.