“Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street” examines how creators, artists, writers, and educators came together to transform a medium and change lives. Directed by Marilyn Agrelo, the HBO documentary reviews the origin story of “Sesame Street,” the brainchild of television executive Joan Ganz Cooney and Sesame Workshop co-founder Lloyd Morrisett, who sought to use the small screen as a medium to educate, and not just entertaining the kids. “It was as if the world had been waiting for this,” we are told in a new trailer for the film.
“Sesame Street” was never about selling pointless products or entertainment. The team behind the groundbreaking series always intends to edit and inspire its young viewers. The ad is about how the creative forces behind the show, including Muppet creator Jim Henson and children’s television writer and director Jon Stone, made that dream come true, and how special attention was paid to reaching urban communities, where poverty and racism had an educational impact. gap. “The diversity of the cast was unheard of,” emphasizes one interviewee.
“It seemed like the kind of story that would seem to be about one thing on the surface, that is, how this television show was made, but in reality it would be about something much more profound and surprising.” Agrelo told us. “In fact, the more I read about the origins of ‘Sesame Street,’ the more I am amazed at what a cultural revolution it was. How political he was. How innovative. The fact that this was unleashed on the world in the form of a preschool program was amazing and irresistible to me. “
When asked what she would like people to think after watching the documentary, the director said: “The civil rights movement and all the riots, protests and awakening that occurred in the late 1960s gave rise to ‘Sesame Street “Many of these same struggles are being fought today. The story of the birth of ‘Sesame Street’ is incredibly relevant right now. And art can change our world so powerfully today,” he emphasized.
“Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street” premieres on HBO on December 13 at 10:00 pm ET / PT.