759: Boy Scouts of Harlem the Documentary

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Capitol Hill Welcomes the Film's D.C. Premiere

Senators Ben Nelson and Jeff Sessions will celebrate the Boy Scouts of America on Capitol Hill with an event featuring a screening of a new documentary film, 759: Boy Scouts of Harlem, on October 8 at 5:30 pm in the Congressional Auditorium at the Capitol Visitors Center.

The film follows Boy Scout Troop 759 from Harlem, New York, as 11-year-old Keith Dozier takes his first trip to Boy Scout summer camp. Dozier joins Scouts because he wants to follow in his father's and his uncle's footsteps--to earn the Eagle Scout Award. He's not sure he can do it, but he knows he has to start somewhere. The film shows how Dozier's Scouting experiences transcend geography, age, race, and economics as he moves toward his goal.

The leaders of Troop 759 and the four Scouts featured in the film will come to Washington to attend the event and the film's directors will answer questions after the screening. Senators Nelson and Sessions will open the event with brief remarks. Willie Iles Jr., National Director of Government and Community Relations, BSA and Al Lambert, Scout Executive & CEO, National Capital Area Council, BSA will also speak at the event.

The family-friendly documentary about the unexpected power of Scouting is the first major documentary ever made about a Boy Scout troop and was directed by Jake Boritt and Justin Szlasa, an Eagle Scout. The movie was shot over a two-year period after Boritt and Szlasa effectively became part of the Troop 759 family to earn the trust of the Scouts and Scout leaders.

The BSA is the largest youth organization in the United States, celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2010. Since 1910, more than 111 million individuals have been involved in Scouting, including 211 current members of Congress. The BSA endeavors to develop citizens who are physically, mentally and emotionally fit; have a high degree of self-reliance; and demonstrate initiative, courage, resourcefulness, and strong personal values.

In 1916, Congress granted the BSA its federal charter.


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