See how the Benedictine monks of Newark Abbey, in the heart of one of America's most dangerous cities, are able to achieve amazing success with the most vulnerable population: inner city African American and Latino teenage males.  While Newark, NJ, with a high poverty rate of 32%, has an abysmal high school graduation rate, St. Benedict's Prep has a near 100% COLLEGE ACCEPTANCE rate.  The film details how their "recipe for success" follows the 6th century Rule of Saint Benedict and how this rule can serve as a model for whole cities nationwide.

  1. TEACHERS COLLEGE, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY is developing “a study guide for policymakers and educational practitioners for the landmark documentary film, THE RULE.”

  1. “We very much look forward to working with this film as one vehicle for urban school reform.”

  1. “THE RULE brilliantly connects multiple audiences from varying backgrounds and points of view to issues of urban school reform in the public sector."

Here’s what Dr. Anand R. Marri of  TEACHERS COLLEGE, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY has to say about THE RULE:

On National PBS

in association with


"This uplifting documentary

offers a rare ray of hope in its

portrait of an urban school

that’s defying the odds"

-Frank Scheck

The Hollywood Reporter

“Startling success”

-Daphne Howland

The Village Voice

“Powerful new film”

-Naomi Schaefer Riley

New York Post


In Theaters

  1. QUAD CINEMA NYC  Sept. 5 - 11/14

  2. LAEMMLE ENCINO LA   Sept. 12 - 18/14

  3. QUAD CINEMA NYC Nov. 28 - Dec. 4/14

  4. PORT THEATRE Canada Feb 20 - 26/15

  1. Premiere Sept. 25, 2014

  2. check local listings

In Promos

See Promo with 
Kevin O’Connor of This Old House

In Festivals

“This uplifting film offers hope for inner-city youth and is highly recommended for all audiences, especially educators and aspiring educators.”

Library Journal

Invited by

White House Initiative

on Educational Excellence for African Americans

to screen in its film and discussion series

visit U.S. Department of Education website for more info