Street Gang: How We Got To Sesame Street


Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Sat, Sep 11, 2021 2:30 PM
Streaming until September 30
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Wed, Sep 15, 2021 4:15 PM
Streaming until September 30
Film Info
Country Listing:USA
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Marilyn Agrelo


In the late 1960s, a socially conscious media executive was presented with a challenge: could she create a children's show that could both entertain and educate? Inspired by the civil rights movement, Joan Ganz Cooney envisioned a new medium of television to educate all kids, specifically reaching less-advantaged children to fight the educational gap created by racism and poverty. She assembled a team that included Jon Stone and the incomparable Jim Henson, whose Muppets became an iconic part of the magic that is Sesame Street. Featuring exclusive footage from behind the scenes of the first two decades of the show, as well as over 20 original cast and creator interviews, this inspiring film introduces us to the people (and the Muppets!) who entertained and educated children like never before.

+ Streaming version includes a Q&A with original cast member Sonia Manzano, director Marilyn Agrelo and producers Ellen Scherer Crafts and Trevon Crafts originally recorded at Hot Docs 2021.

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