July 8, 2017


Jahana Hayes, who rose from homelessness and teenage mom to college graduate with a masters degree, became America’s National Teacher of the Year in 2016 (selected from 3 million), awarded the honor by President Barack Obama. Her challenging path to victory and her successes leading up to her candidacy, drew wide attention from media powerhouses, including a stint on the Ellen show. As the Democratic candidate for Congress, who won handedly in a state where she was given little chance to win, Hayes has proven time and time again that she is a winner. She has touched diverse people throughout her life and campaign and our documentary captures the deep connection she has formed with those she encounters—young, old, black, white, rich and poor—as she strives to change the political landscape. Hayes says her lack of political experience is her greatest asset. “I am not so far removed from my community that I will forget about them in Washington.” Hayes was sworn in as the first Democratic Black Woman from Connecticut. Congresswoman Hayes sits on the Education Committee.


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DIRECTED by Pamela French
PRODUCED by Pamela French
PRODUCED by Wendy Missan
PRODUCED by Shareen Anderson