Watch a free, exclusive sneak preview of The Learning now on the PBS mobile app for iPhone or iPad or watch the film on PBS stations this Tuesday, September 20, 2011 at 10 PM. Check your local listings.
One hundred years ago, American teachers established the English-speaking public school system of the Philippines. Now, in a striking turnabout, American schools are recruiting Filipino teachers. The Learning is the story of four Filipino women who reluctantly leave their families and schools to teach in Baltimore. With their increased salaries, they hope to transform their families’ lives back in their impoverished country. But the women also bring idealistic visions of the teacher’s craft and of life in America, which soon collide with Baltimore’s tough realities. A co-production of CineDiaz and ITVS in association with The Center for Asian American Media, with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and American Documentary | POV.
After watching the film, visit POV’s website for interactive features about the film:
- Watch The Learning on POV’s website starting Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011.
- Watch deleted scenes from The Learning.
- Join a live chat with Ramona Diaz and teachers from The Learning, on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011, at 4:30 PM ET.
- View images from the film and a behind-the-scenes gallery of stills from the production in the Philippines.
- How far does a dollar go in the Philippines? Compare the lifestyles of Americans and Filipinos.
- Meet teachers Angel, Grace, Dorotea and Rhea.
- The filmmakers update POV on what’s happened since the camera’s stopped rolling.
- Replay a live chat with the NewsHour’s Hari Sreenivasan; filmmaker Ramona Diaz; Grace Gonzales-Amper (one of the teachers); John Merrow, NewsHour’s correspondent for education; and several reporters from The Baltimore Sun.
- Go behind the lens with an exclusive extended interview with the director.
- <!––>View a map<!––> of Filipino populations in America.
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