The Graduates – The Boys

This film explores pressing issues in education today through the eyes of six Latino and Latina students from across the US. The second episode features Juan, who was bullied as a gay teen until he discovered dance; Eduardo, who is steered away from the gang path when introduced to a special college prep organization; and … READ MORE

The Graduates – The Girls

This two-part film explores pressing issues in education today through the eyes of six Latino and Latina students from across the US. This episode features Stephanie, a budding activist on the South Side of Chicago; Chastity, a Bronx teen whose family has become homeless; and Darlene, a Tulsa student who reenters school after having a … READ MORE

Latino Student Chooses Between Gang Life or Graduation

In this excerpt from the Independent Lens documentary, The Graduates/Los Graduados, we meet Eduardo, a young, Latino student in San Diego who describes how the lure of gangs and drug use have prevented most of his relatives from graduating.

A Latina Struggles with Homelessness While in High School

In this excerpt from the Independent Lens documentary, The Graduates/Los Graduados, we meet Chastity, a young, Latina student who lives in the Bronx, NY. While in high school, Chastity was actually living with her family in a homeless shelter, which made it difficult for her to focus on succeeding academically.

The Graduates / Los Graduados

The struggles and triumphs of Latino and Latina students from across the United States are explored through their own eyes in this documentary about the challenges faced in our nation’s public education system.

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The Graduates: Preview

Two-part, bilingual documentary explores pressing issues in education today through the eyes of six Latino and Latina adolescents from across the United States, offering first-hand perspectives on the barriers they have to overcome in order to make their dreams come true.

Latina Student Faces Present Day School Segregation

In this excerpt from the Independent Lens documentary, The Graduates/Los Graduados, we meet Stephanie, a young, Latina student in Chicago who has considered dropping out due to the fact that her high school is poorly regarded and may limit her opportunities to succeed.

Filmmaker Scott Thurman on the Texas Textbook Wars

We sat down with filmmaker Scott Thurman to discuss what went on behind the scenes of his documentary, The Revisionaries, which chronicles the oft-rancorous battle over Texas textbooks. The Revisionaries premieres on Independent Lens January 28 at 10 PM (check local listings). What impact do you hope the film will have? I hope people pay more attention … READ MORE

One Janesville Family Endures Through Unemployment

In this excerpt from the Independent Lens film, As Goes Janesville, we see Cindy Deegan — an unemployed factory worker who has returned to school to gain new job skills — and her family as they struggle to maintain a normal existance on only unemployment and disability benefits.

Updates from the Tucson Unified School District

Since the cameras stopped rolling on the documentary Precious Knowledge (premiering May 17 on Independent Lens), the Tucson Unified School District has been all over the news. Precious Knowledge follows the student backlash from a school board decision to dismantle the Mexican American Studies program. Catch up on the whole story with our handy guide to the … READ MORE