A film by Bernardo Ruiz (USA, 2013, 60min.)

Monday, May 12, 6:30pm
King Juan Carlos I Center at NYU, Auditorium
53 Washington Square South (between Thompson and Sullivan Sts.)
Free and Open to the Public. Picture ID required at the entrance.

The Graduates

The Graduates, from Bernardo Ruiz explores pressing issues in education today through the eyes of six Latino and Latina students from across the United States. More than a survey of contemporary policy debates, the bilingual, two-part film offers first-hand perspectives on key challenges facing Latino high school students and their families, educators, and community leaders. It is the story of the graduates who will make up America’s future.

Presented in two parts, the film follows six teenagers — three girls and three boys — each with their own unique obstacles to overcome. Part II, “Boys” follows three more teenagers: Juan, a Dominican living in Lawrence, Massachusetts who was bullied as a gay teen until finding his own identity as a performer and writer; Eduardo from San Diego, who is steered away from the gang path when introduced to a special college prep organization that changes his outlook; and Gustavo, who came to America from Mexico to live in the very different environment of Georgia and whose dreams of college are blocked by his undocumented status.

A panel discussion with special guests will follow the screening.

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