The Learning (POV, 2011) tells a surprising tale of immigration, globalization and America’s shifting position in the 21st century. It’s the story of four Filipina women facing their first year in Baltimore’s schools, where learning is a two-way street marked with disappointment and inspiring breakthroughs.
As an outreach tool, the film uses the touching lens of personal profiles to offer opportunities to examine educational issues facing urban schools, the ways that cultural differences affect classroom dynamics, and the challenges faced by foreign workers in the United States who leave families behind in order to improve their economic status.
Interested in joining the conversation? Keep reading to see if there’s an upcoming screening near you, or ask POV how you can host your own screening of The Learning.
San Diego, CA
Friday, September 16, 2011, 7:00 PM
Stevenson University’s Department of Film/Video presents a free, sneak-preview screening of The Learning at the Inscape Theatre on Greenspring Campus. The screening will be preceded by a 6 PM reception and followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Ramona Diaz. Contact Katrina Abarcar or Chris Reed for more info: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com. This event is also sponsored by Katipunan Maryland and Katarungan DC.
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, September 17, 2011, 7:30 PM
Come to a sneak-preview screening of The Learning at the UCLA Film & Television Archive. The event is part of the Archive Documentary Spotlight and will take place at the Billy Wilder Theater. To find out more, call 310-206-8013.
Thursday, October 6, 2011, 7:00 PM
Come to a screening of The Learning at the Princeton Public Library. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Ramona Diaz via Skype. To find out more, call 609-924-9529.
College Park, MD
Friday, October 14, 2011, 7:00 PM
Come to a screening of The Learning at the University of Maryland, hosted by the Filipino Cultural Association. The screening will take place at 6145 Denton Hall and will be followed by a Q & A with filmmaker Ramona Diaz. To find out more, email krystle922(at)yahoo.com.
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