For thousands of students in the Bronx and elsewhere, that teacher is a man named Pedro Santana.
Yes, we’ve seen inspiring documentaries about the failings of our Public Education system before. Yes, woe’ve seen stories of inspirational educators who bravely try to change the system.
But if you don’t know Pedro….well, you don’t know jack! Pedro may just be the definition of an iconoclast. In a story as uplifting as it is troubling, he is a man who throws a very wide shadow. This brilliant documentary might at first seem like deja vu, before the story zigs and zags in ways that leave you thinking…”OMG, didn’t see that coming.”
Wonderfully human, yet epically important, My Name Is Pedro will challenge your notion of what it means to be “Fiercely Independent” as it brings into focus how seriously in jeopardy our country’s education system is.”
— Jeff Morris, Woodstock Film Festival
releasing virtually at
The Maysles Documentary Center on September 17
The Laemmle In Los Angeles on October 2nd
and theaters Nationally
“..educators like Santana are indispensable”
The Berkshire Eagle
"an emotional journey that hits uncomfortable truths"
"definitely worth a look ... if you care about the education of children"
"an inspirational and heartwarming film ... wonderful"
"a touching portrait of a local hero"
Arthur Miller, I-D Magazine
"an inspiration for educators of the next generation"
"My Name Is Pedro is a profound movie of how one person actualizes learning"
Selig Film News
"qualifies as an important cinematic document with plenty of live-wire urgency"
"an essential reminder of the difference a great educator can make - inspirational"
Fume Of Sighs
"the documentary feels particularly inspiring during these turbulent times. It’s a reminder of just how much of a difference a good educator can make in the life of a young person or a school"
Art For Progress
"My Name Is Pedro asks us to first value both our children and the public education system we have, and then go about improving the system and bettering our kids"
Stage and Screen
"a fascinating, extraordinary man"
Stage and Cinema