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Armageddon Time is a coming-of-age drama written, directed, and produced by James Gray. Inspired by Gray’s childhood experiences, the story follows a young Jewish-American boy who befriends a rebellious African-American classmate and begins to struggle with expectations from his family and growing up in a world of privilege, inequality, and prejudice. While this film did not move mountains, it was informative for some who didn’t know, well acted, and offered no solutions — in other words, hopeless!

In 1980 Queens, New York City, on his first day in 6th grade, 12-year-old Jewish-American Paul Graff (Banks Repeta) becomes fast friends with an African-American boy named Johnny (Jaylin Webb) who was a year older because he was held back by a year.  Paul noticed that Johnny gets harsher treatment from their teacher, Mr. Turkeltaub (Andrew Polk) when they both joke around in class. The two still bond over their love of music…

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