About the Film

In a country where 58% of African American 4th graders are functionally illiterate, The Lottery uncovers the failures of the traditional public school system and reveals that hundreds of thousands of parents attempt to flee the system every year. The Lottery follows four of these families from Harlem and the Bronx who have entered their children in a charter school lottery. Out of thousands of hopefuls, only a small minority will win the chance of a better future.


About the Filmmaker

Madeleine Sackler

Director, Producer and Editor

The Lottery, Madeleine’s first documentary sparked a renewed debate on the future of public education and was shortlisted for the 2011 Academy Awards. Duke 91&92: Back to Back her second film, was co-produced by Turner Sports and gave viewers an inside look at one of the most storied basketball programs in history. Her third feature documentary, Dangerous Acts Starring the Unstable Elements of Belarus, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2013 and will air on HBO in 2014. A Duke '05 alum, she also has a degree in biopyschology and has previously worked as a freelance editor for television, commercials and documentaries.