In­spir­ing Kiwi doco proves ed­u­ca­tion is the sil­ver bul­let

The Dominion Post - - Entertainment -

In the Zone (E, 115 mins) Di­rected by Robyn Pater­son Re­viewed by Graeme Tuck­ett ★★★★

When he was a child grow­ing up in the rough­est neigh­bour­hoods in Chicago, Ter­rance Wal­lace was ab­ducted by a lo­cal gang. He was forced to his knees, told he was go­ing to die, had a gun put to his head and the trig­ger was pulled.

The gun failed to fire. The gang tried again, with a dif­fer­ent gun. It also wouldn’t fire.

A while later, Wal­lace won a bal­lot to at­tend a bet­ter-re­sourced and man­aged high school than the one he would oth­er­wise have gone to.

He cred­its those breaks with mak­ing him the man he is to­day – a suc­cess­ful busi­ness leader with an over­whelm­ing grat­i­tude for his own good for­tune and drive to give as much back to the com­mu­nity as he can.

Wal­lace came to New Zealand a few years ago. And, while like ev­ery tourist he was struck by the beauty of the place, he also no­ticed that in New Zealand, just as in the United States, poverty and disem­pow­er­ment of­ten wear a brown skin.

In The Zone is the story of what Wal­lace did next, in New Zealand and in Chicago. And it is a lit­tle rip­per.

If, like me, you be­lieve that ac­cess to a great ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem truly is the magic bul­let for al­most all of so­ci­ety’s ills, then you will love this.

And if you don’t get that yet, then this is the film to con­vince you. I am just amazed that the story of the InZone Project and foun­da­tion isn’t world famous in New Zealand yet. It truly de­serves to be.

Ter­rance Wal­lace wants to give back to the com­mu­nity as much as he can.

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