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   Fall 2014

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

  3. PORT THEATRE Canada  Feb. 2015

  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

Selected by

White House Initiative

on Educational Excellence for African Americans

visit U.S. Department of Education website for more info
Marylou &  Jerome Bongiorno  at TEDxNJIT

Around the World

Coming Soon

Hungary Public TV

Get THE RULE Curriculum GuideCurriculum.html
PRESS RELEASETHE_RULE_files/THE%20RULE-PR%20WHIEEAA%20Screening%202.8.16%20.pdf

At Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, we’ve long recognized the value of film in teaching and educating the next generation of medical students.

The Rule takes this to another level and should be part of any curriculum that promotes health and wellness.

                                                           ~Anthony Tobia, MD, Dept. of Psychiatry