American Graduate Shorts: Can’t Hold Me Back

October 11, 2013 by Craig Phillips in

Our “mini-festival” of American Graduate shorts continues with Can’t Hold Me Back, directed by Betty Bastidas and Madeleine Bair.

Detroit teen Fernando Parraz, an accomplished rapper and budding filmmaker, aims to become the first in his family to earn a high school diploma — his ticket out of the struggles of inner-city poverty and violence. He finds support from an unlikely figure: his father, a former gangster who has suffered the costs of his own mistakes.

Watch Can’t Hold Me Back online for free (either in English or Spanish), below:

Nada Me Detiene (in Spanish)

Nada Me Detiene sigue a un adolescente de Detroit, Fernando Parraz, en su lucha por vencer una montaña de obstáculos para ser el primero de su familia en obtener su diploma de bachillerato – el boleto para sobrepasar los obstáculos de la pobreza del centro de la ciudad y la violencia.

Craig Phillips

Craig is the digital content producer for Independent Lens, based in San Francisco. He is a film nerd, cartoonist, classic film poster collector, wannabe screenwriter, and owner of/owned by cats.