"The Graduates", a Community Cinema presentation

"The Graduates", a Community Cinema presentation

Mon, 09/30/2013 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Chastity, one of the students featured in the documentary

Provided by: ITVS

Join us for a free screening of an eye-opening documentary on the challenges facing Latino students from across the USA.

WXXI's Community Cinema series is pleased to present The Graduates/Los Graduadoson Monday, September 30, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at the Little Theatre. In this film, pressing issues in education today are explored through the eyes of a diverse array of Latino and Latina adolescents from across the United States. It looks at  the challenges facing both the students and their families. The film will be followed by a panel discussion facilitated by WXXI News reporter Carlet Cleare.

Panelists include:

  • Amalia Dache-Gerbino, Ph.D. Candidate at The University of Rochester in Educational Leadership;

  • Rich Paufler, Coordinator of the Student Family Support Center at East High School; and 

  • Angel Lopez, a Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection participant and 2013 graduate of Monroe High School who currently attends Monroe Community College for Hospitality Management. 

Watch the trailer for the film:

The Graduates/Los Graduados airs as two-part series on WXXI-TV on October 28 and November 4 at 10 p.m. The film is part of American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen, a long-term public media commitment, supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), to help communities implement solutions to the high school dropout crisis. Public media plays a significant role building individual  activity, community capacity, and national awareness. The high school dropout crisis demands attention now, and we are rising to the challenge of doing our part to address this problem.

More about the panelists:

Amalia Dache-Gerbino is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Educational Leadership/Higher Education Department at The University of Rochester’s Margaret Warner School of Education. Her Dissertation, Labyrinths in a metropole: A postcolonial mixed-method study of urban college access and choice investigates the spatial mismatch between racial/ethnic demographics in urban areas and local area colleges. She has served on a Latina/o community-based research team for over three-years, where she has collected, analyzed and published data on Latina/o students in the Rochester City School District. Amalia has presented at national educational conferences across the country discussing research findings related to this community-based work. As a native Cuban and a former Rochester City School District student, Amalia brings a personal perspective to research on urban Latina/o students.

WXXI's Community Cinema series features films from the Emmy Award-winning PBS series, Independent Lens. The screenings, held at the Little Theatre (240 East Avenue, Rochester, NY), will be followed by lively panel discussions to encourage dialogue and action around important and timely social issues. These events are free, open to the public, and reservations are not required.

Community Cinema is presented by ITVS and funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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