- UNM-LA Begins Documentary Film Festival on Ethnic Diversity in the U.S.
UNM-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) instructor Dr. Renae Mitchell will screen the PBS film “All the Difference” at noon Monday, March 19.
In conjunction with her class AMST 185: Intro to Race, Class and Ethnicity, Mitchell is screening three different PBS Point of View films; each provides an in-depth look at the lives of people outside of the stereotypical American norm. Local community members are invited to attend the screenings and are welcome to stay for class discussions after the films
“All the Difference” traces the paths of two teens from Chicago’s South Side as they pursue a seemingly impossible dream: to graduate from college. The film follows these first-generation college students through high school, college, and then entry into their first jobs as college graduates. Throughout, the viewers get an intimate look into the world of poverty in a neighborhood accustomed to everyday violence, a world these young men are determined to escape through education.
“It only takes one generation to dramatically change the destiny of a family, and when families change, communities change,” director Tod Lending said. “Robert and Krishaun exemplify that change. It’s important to remember that they made it to college not because they were academically exceptional. They made it because their mentors, teachers, academic advisers, family members and pastors believed in them and taught them to believe in themselves.”
UNM–LA has numerous faculty and staff who were first-generation college students and now serve as mentors to students who may be the first in their family to attend college.
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