The Graduates

Community Cinema ~ The Graduates/Los Graduados

Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
  • Library Hall

A  free preview screening of the PBS Independent Lens documentary The Graduates/Los Graduados, a film by Bernardo Ruiz.

An eye-opening documentary on the challenges facing Latino students from across the USA.

The Graduates/Los Graduados explores pressing issues in education today through the eyes of six Latino and Latina students from across the United States. More than a survey of contemporary policy debates, the bilingual film offers first-hand perspectives on key challenges facing Latino high school students and their families, educators, and community leaders. It is the story of the graduates who will make up America’s future.

The Graduates/Los Graduados is a two-part documentary program: hour one focuses on boys and young men and examines what factors typically hold young Latino men back and what can be done to reverse these trends; hour two focuses on girls and young women and explores what can be done to meaningfully harness the potential of young Latinas. The girls' hour will screen at Bud Werner Memorial Library. The Graduates/Los Graduados explores obstacles to educational achievement along with viable solutions: gangs, bullying, citizenship status, teen pregnancy, zero tolerance, homelessness, and poverty.

Community Cinema is a groundbreaking public education and civic engagement initiative featuring free monthly screenings of films from the Emmy Award-winning series Independent Lens and other PBS presentations. Community Cinema is on location in more than 100 cities nationally, bringing together leading organizations, community members, and public television stations to learn, discuss, and get involved in key social issues of our time.

The Independent Television Service funds, presents, and promotes award-winning documentaries and dramas on public television, innovative new media projects on the Web, and the Emmy® Award-winning weekly series Independent Lens. Mandated by Congress in 1988 and funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, ITVS has brought more than one thousand independently produced programs to date to American audiences.

Made possible by a partnership with Rocky Mountain PBS.