Matt Damon returns to Boston for documentary film premiere

BOSTON (WHDH) – Matt Damon returned home to Boston Wednesday and walked the red carpet for a documentary close to his heart.

The Academy Award-winning actor and Cambridge native narrated the documentary, “Backpack Full of Cash.” The film premiered at the Wheelock Family Theatre on Wednesday. It explores the privatization of public schools. Damon said the issue is personal because he was raised by a professor of childhood education.

“I think like a lot of parents in the country I’ve been concerned about the direction public education is heading in the last couple of decades,” said Damon.

7News spoke with his mom about how the premiere stacked up to the Academy Awards.

“I did go to that night with him, and it was a whole other world. I thought I was on a different planet,” said Nancy Carlsson-Paige, Damon’s mother. “But this is much more a shared kind of passion we both have,” she added.

Damon showed up to Wednesday’s premiere in a Red Sox hat. He took some time to gush about the team after taking to Fenway’s broadcast booth last month.

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