Vice President Kamala Harris: Chase the Dream
By Sabrina McFarland,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Black, South Asian woman makes history with White House win.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Breaking the glass ceiling barrier. Embracing the initiative of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) for social change. Helping those in need.
Positive Role Models
There are mentions that include Kamala Harris's mother, Shyamala, a medical scientist who was determined to raise two proud and confident girls immersed in both their Indian and African American cultures, and they attended civil rights marches. Harris was also influenced by her grandfather, a government official, who fought for Indian independence. Harris's own activism began at a young age when she and her sister, Maya, organized a protest to overturn a policy that would ban kids from playing in the courtyard of their apartment building, and they won. One of Harris's signature accomplishments as California's Attorney General, and as the first African American and woman in that position, was the creation of OpenJustice, a criminal justice data digital platform available to the public. Biden chose Harris and she became the first Black, the first South Asian American, and the third woman ever to be picked as a vice presidential nominee for a major party ticket. The Biden and Harris White House has a diverse team, from Janet Yellen, who is the first woman to head the U.S. Treasury to Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, who is openly gay.
Violence & Scariness
There are references that include Kamala Harris's career as a prosecutor involving child sexual assault cases, molestation allegations by a child against a parent, and the murder of San Francisco police officer Issac Espinoza. Mentions include the death of George Floyd, and mandatory life sentences for repeat offenders for felonies such as robbery, arson, and drug possession. Images include footage of suspects searched by police officers.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
There's a mention of Kamala Harris's activist grandmother traveling India's countryside to teach impoverished women about the use of birth control.
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Archival footage from the presidential debate where Joseph Biden, after a series of interruptions, tells Donald Trump "Will you shut up, man?" Kamala Harris claims that she was once told to go back to where she came from.
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Products & Purchases
There are campaign signs with political messages that include "Biden Harris," "Kamala Harris for the People," and "Trump Pence." There are various types of apparel with promotional phrases such as "Women for Kamala" T-shirts, "Make America Great Again" hats, and a "Stay Woke" button. Images include "Trump" brand buildings, "Black Lives Matter" banner and poster, and the Facebook name appears on a computer.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
There are images that include bottles of alcohol inside a bar, reenactment of a drug transaction between two individuals, and drugs in a plastic bag. References include marijuana for medicinal and recreational use, Donald Trump's allegation of performance-enhancing drug use by Joseph Biden during the debates, and presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard claiming that Kamala Harris laughed when asked about ever using marijuana.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Vice President Kamala Harris: Chase the Dream is a documentary about the life of the first woman, and first Black and South Asian American, to be elected to the second highest political office in the United States. References include Harris's career as a prosecutor of child sexual assault cases, molestation claims by a child against a parent, the murder of a police officer, and the medicinal and recreational use of marijuana. Images include bottles of alcohol, reenactment of a drug transaction, and drugs in a plastic bag. There's a mention of Harris's grandmother traveling India's countryside to teach impoverished women about birth control. Language includes a Harris claim that she was once told to go back to where she came from, as well as presidential debate footage where Joseph Biden, after a series of interruptions, tells Donald Trump, "Will you shut up, man?"
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What's the Story?
VICE PRESIDENT KAMALA HARRIS: CHASE THE DREAM is a documentary about the attorney turned history-making politician. Through narration, archival footage, and photos, the film shares the life story of the Oakland, California native who is the eldest daughter born to immigrant parents from India and Jamaica. Harris grows up to have a groundbreaking public service career, which includes becoming the first woman elected as California's Attorney General, as well as the first Black and South Asian American woman to win office as Vice President of the United States.
Is It Any Good?
This is a feel-good film about one woman's personal journey that paves a path of inspiration for others. In Vice President Kamala Harris: Chase the Dream, she recalls, "My mother used to say, 'Don't sit around and complain about things. Do something.'" Harris's activism began at a young age with organizing a protest to overturn her apartment building's rule to ban kids from playing in the courtyard, and she won! Later, she has a number of career successes before her White House victory. "Don't you ever let anyone tell you who you are," Harris declares in this documentary that delivers with sound words of advice. "You tell them who you are."
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the perseverance of Harris in Vice President Kamala Harris: Chase the Dream. How does she also demonstrate communication, compassion, and courage?
Harris expresses gratitude for her mother's major role in her life. What were some things that Shyamala Harris did to raise a proud and confident child?
In what ways does Harris's previous experience in law enforcement and the U.S. Senate help prepare her for teamwork in the White House?
What is the diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiative? What impact does the concept have on the Biden-Harris administration? On society?
- On DVD or streaming: January 19, 2021
- Cast: Joseph Biden, Kamala Harris, Donald Trump
- Director: Nick Randall
- Inclusion Information: Black actors
- Studio: Legacy Distribution
- Genre: Documentary
- Topics: Activism, Great Girl Role Models, History
- Character Strengths: Communication, Compassion, Courage, Gratitude, Perseverance, Teamwork
- Run time: 44 minutes
- MPAA rating: NR
- Last updated: December 7, 2022
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