The Graduates/Los Graduados

American Graduate Short Films

These five short films are part of a public media initiative supported by Corporation for Public Broadcasting to help local communities across America find solutions to address the dropout crisis. Can't Hold Me Back, I Really Want to Make It, Immigrant High, Baby Mama High, and Skipping Up collectively showcase a diverse array of determined Latino adolescents, from Oakland to Detroit, New York to San Antonio, who have all struggled to overcome challenges — gang violence, drugs, poverty, young motherhood, and language barriers — as they keep their eyes on the prize: a high school diploma.