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THE TRIIBE: ‘Let The Little Light Shine’ documentary follows the fight to save a public school

By: Tonia Hill

May 20, 2022

Let The Little Light Shine, a documentary film that follows the fight to save National Teachers Academy (NTA), a Chicago Public School (CPS) in the South Loop, will premiere in the city on Saturday, May 21 at the Gene Siskel Film Center. The film was directed and produced by Chicago native Kevin Shaw.

In February 2018, the Chicago Board of Education voted to phase out the high-performing majority-Black elementary school and replace it with a new CPS high school. At that time, the board said the new high school was necessary for the growing population in the area. It was slated to open in the fall of 2019, but that never came to fruition.


Let The Little Light Shine has been on the film festival circuit since its world premiere this year at the True/False Film Festival in Columbia, Mo. It was an official selection for the 2022 SXSW EDU Conference and Festival in Austin, Texas, the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham, N.C., and the Doc 10 Film Festival in Chicago, which kicked off on May 19.

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