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R!C!A! Film Screening: Escuela
January 26, 2010 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Escuela (76 minutes)
There are over 800,000 students enrolled in migrant education programs in the United States and, of those, only 45-50% ever finish high school. Escuela, the sequel to Hannah Weyer’s critically acclaimed documentary La Boda, personalizes these glaring statistics through the honest portrait of a teenage Mexican-American farm worker, Liliana Luis. Centered around the life of Liliana, a daughter entering her first year of high school, Hannah Weyer follows the back-and-forth movement of the family between their home in Texas near the borderlands and the California agricultural fields. Despite the best efforts of the school systems to accommodate students like Liliana, the social and emotional life of this young woman is constantly in flux. The film will be followed by a panel discussion featuring TBA.
This screening is cosponsored by the Program in Latino/a Studies in the Global South at Duke University.