(Adapted from Wikipedia) Resolved is a 2007 documentary film concerning the world of high school policy debate. The film was written and directed by Greg Whiteley. The film captured the "Audience Award" title at its debut on June 23, 2007 at the Los Angeles Film Festival. The film made its television debut on HBO in the summer of 2008 and subsequently received 2 Emmy Nominations.
Resolved begins by focusing on the careers of Matt Andrews, Sam Iola, from Highland Park High School, a recognized national debate power from Texas and located in one of the state's wealthiest communities, where students are expected to attend college after graduation. Then, Whiteley shifts his focus to Louis Blackwell and Richard Funches of Jordan High School in Long Beach, California. By contrast to Highland Park, Jordan High's debate team is underfunded, and the school is a public high school with only 12-18% of its students going on to a four-year college. In an underdog style victory, the team of Funches and Blackwell capture the California state championship. Once the team from Long Beach has won the state championship while playing by the conventional rules of modern policy debate, the team is introduced by their coach Dave Wiltz to Paulo Freire's Pedagogy of the Oppressed. From there, the team from Jordan High changes their debate strategy, arguing against the current strategy used in high school debate, and using Freire's work to show the oppressive nature of the spread and the structure of debate as a whole.
This documentary will be hit with your classes. It will fit wonderfully with a study of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, or revolutionary change of any kind. It streams on Netflix and can be found on Amazon and other services.
Tags: debate, argument, AP English Language, American Literature, speech, Louis Blackwell, Richard Funches, Dave Wiltz, Resolved, documentary, Paolo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed, institutional racism