Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street

Directed by Marilyn Agrelo

Notable Festivals: Premiere, Sundance, 2021; HotDocs, 2021; Seattle International Film Festival, 2021; San Francisco Film Festival, 2021; Sydney Film Festival, 2021.

Awards: Nominee, Critics Choice Documentary Awards, 2021; Top Ten Audience Favorite, HotDocs, 2021.

Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street is an acclaimed documentary that focuses on the development of the beloved children’s program. Weaving together archival material from early workshops, behind-the-scenes footage, and candid interviews with everyone from series creator Joan Ganz Cooney to Oscar the Grouch, Street Gang offers an intimate view of the making of a children’s television institution. The documentary celebrates the humor and innocence of this feel-good show as well as its persistent engagement with serious themes, including the educational, racial, and economic disparity of the US. Street Gang sheds new light on a well-known program, applauds its influence on generations of children, and frames the show as a groundbreaking work that brought education and entertainment together. (Written by Amanda Metzger ‘22)

In Person: Director Marilyn Agrelo and Producers Ellen Scherer Crafts and Trevor Crafts


Screens: Fri Apr 1 / 7:30pm / Nordica Theater 3