Remember Me Sue (USA, 51)
Directed by: Melina Kolb
Written by: Melina Kolb
“Remember Me Sue” is the heart-rending but empowering story of lifelong educator Sue Duncan, mother of U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, and her groundbreaking work with children on the South Side of Chicago.
In 1961, Sue Duncan opened a children's center after discovering a group of 9-year-old girls who could not read. With a combination of discipline and unrelenting devotion, she became a mother figure for thousands of children over the next 50 years.
Tragically, in 2011 Sue was diagnosed with Alzheimer's and could no longer work at the Center. It is at this turning point in the Center’s history that 'Remember Me Sue' investigates the role Sue plays in the lives of families in Chicago's black communities. The film documents Sue’s memories while she is still capable of cogently telling her story, while following the families and how they are carrying on without her.
'Remember Me Sue' profiles the lives of women struggling and overcoming obstacles in a dangerous environment. Ultimately, it captures how one person made a difference, and will keep making a difference, even after she is gone.