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New Season - ITVS Community Cinema presents THE GRADUATES (DCJCC)

ITVS Community Cinema

Sunday, October 20, 2013 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EDT)

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presents a special preview of



a film by Bernardo Ruiz


Just in time for back to school, ITVS Community Cinema kicks off its 2013 - 2014 season with Bernardo Ruiz's THE GRADUATES.  

Our Washington DCJCC event will feature episode 1, the "GIRLS" hour of the 2-part special followed by a Q&A (speakers are TBA).   A second screening will be held at the Hill Center (Oct 22).  THE GRADUATES is part of ITVS's Women and Girls Lead initiative.

Episode 2 or the "Boys" hour will be screened at the Community Cinema event at Busboys and Poets (Oct 13).


This episode looks at the special challenges faced by many Latina students through the stories of three remarkable young women:

Just before her sophomore year of high school, Darlene Bustos became pregnant and began to miss classes and fall behind. With multiple absences, her school district finally asked her to leave. Wanting to not only provide a good example for her son Alex, but to catch up academically and graduate, Darlene enrolled herself in a program for at-risk students in Tulsa, Oklahoma. At the same time, she enrolled Alex in a Head Start program. Now both she and Alex are working towards graduation day and beyond.

Stephanie Alvarado lives with her family, who immigrated from El Salvador, on the south side of Chicago. Her school is under-resourced and the ever-present metal detectors make it feel more like a prison than a school. But Stephanie joined Voices of Youth in Chicago Education, which aims to decrease the city’s dropout rate through projects like a peer jury, where students discuss and determine solutions for their peers who have committed a minor infraction. Stephanie’s grades improved dramatically and she has begun participating in other activities including a once-in-a-lifetime student trip to help to build schools in Senegal.

After her family became homeless, Chastity Salas coped as well as she could, but her strong sense of responsibility toward her family threatened to interfere with her education. Luckily, school staff recognized her problems and provided the support she needed to stay in school. Through the services of a Children’s Aid Society student success coordinator, she was able to discuss personal issues as well as get the guidance she needed to complete college applications. Chastity recently graduated from Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School in the South Bronx and is headed to college in the fall.

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Gustavo-The Graduates


Download a Discussion Guide:  English | Spanish

The discussion guide, available in English and in Spanish, was created for event organizers, community leaders, parents, teachers and administrators to learn more about the issues affecting the six characters in The Graduates: homelessness, peer juries, teen parenting, gang prevention, immigration laws, and bullying.

Download a Youth Action Guide:  English | Spanish

The youth action guide, available in English and in Spanish, is a special resource from our Community Classroom program designed for youth and educators to facilitate youth engagement. Activities in the guide focus on using media to get students interested and activated around the issues presented in the film.

THE GRADUATES premieres on the PBS series "Independent Lens" October 28 and November 4, 2013.  Check local listings for dates and times.



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Washington DC Jewish Community Center, Busboys and PoetsHill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, Center for Social Media at American University.

Community Partners for THE GRADUATES:

Reel Affirmations, American Association of University Women (AAUW), Girl Scouts of the National Capital Region,OneBlue.orgNational Capital Chapter of the US National Committee for UN WomenGlobal Campaign for Education US ChapterInstitute for Policy StudiesWomen In Film and Video


Visit www.communitycinema-dc.org

Twitter:  @ccinemadc

Have questions about New Season - ITVS Community Cinema presents THE GRADUATES (DCJCC)? Contact ITVS Community Cinema

When & Where

Washington DC Jewish Community Cinema
1529 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20036

Sunday, October 20, 2013 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EDT)

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ITVS Community Cinema

Community Cinema is a national civic engagement initiative featuring free screenings of films from the Emmy Award-winning PBS series Independent Lens. Presented by Independent Television Service (ITVS) in partnership with local public television stations and community organizations, these in-person events and online social screenings bring community members together to learn, discuss, and get involved in key social issues of our time. For a complete lineup and more information about the Community Cinema series visit: communitycinema.org.

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