A Fresh Look at O.J.
Ezra Edelman ’92 sidelines sensationalism to deliver a weighty film of note.
You may think you’ve heard—and seen—it all about O.J. Simpson, especially after the recent re-creation of his trial, with Cuba Gooding Jr. in the title role. Somehow, though, Ezra Edelman ’92 managed to find a new way into this American tragedy of fame, murder, and national race relations in his widely lauded mini-series, O.J., Made in America. Known for his high-quality sports documentaries (HBO’s Magic & Bird, A Courtship of Rivals; the Emmy-Award-winning Brooklyn Dodgers: Ghosts of Flatbush; Requiem for the Big East), Ezra drove the film in a different direction when ESPN gave him eight hours to fill for a nonfiction look at the football star. As he told a Vanity Fair writer recently, “I took pains to really tell the story from all sides and sort of empathize with everyone. There was so much going on in this trial that had nothing to do with O.J. . . . about criminal justice in America and in Los Angeles.” Now, the film is spurring not only good reviews, but increased conversation about how the Rodney King incident influenced the verdict, how O.J. sought fame more than sports success, and how race and reactions have progressed (or not) in the aftermath of Ferguson and other recent news stories.
The Sidwell Friends senior took home the title—and a lot more.
A student-proposed, hands-on class examines an imperfect science—and how it impacts the legal system.
The student performers of the Upper School Dance Ensemble performed on February 6 for their family, friends, and classmates. We are proud of their talent, dedication, and the community that supports them.
The Upper School EJC Day on January 31 featured keynote speaker Natalie Randolph '98, director of Equity Justice, and Community. The day featured wellness activities to promote mental health and student-led workshops to explore identity.
Lions are not typically vegetarians. With one notable exception: the lion that performed in front of the Sidwell Friends community during the Lunar New Year celebration on January 26. To help kick off the Year of the Rat, that lion enjoyed a hearty vegan meal.