First Generation: Movie Screening & Discussion
November 8 is National First Generation College Celebration Day!!
In recognition of the many first-generation students here at law school, the First Start Program is delighted to host a movie screening and discussion. We will be watching the documentary "First Generation". The film screening will last about 1 hour, and will be followed by group discussions about first-generation student experiences. All law school students, faculty, and staff are invited to join us!
Light refreshments will be served.
From the film's website:
"An award-winning documentary narrated by Golden Globe nominee Blair Underwood, First Generation tells the story of four high school students – an inner city athlete, a small town waitress, a Samoan warrior dancer, and the daughter of migrant field workers – who set out to break the cycle of poverty and bring hope to their families and communities by pursuing a college education. Shot over the course of three years and featuring some of our nation’s top educational experts (Richard Kahlenberg, The Century Foundation; J.B. Schramm, College Summit; Dr. Bill Tierney, University of Southern California), the film explores the problem of college access faced by first generation and low-income students and how their success has major implications for the future of our nation.
It won “Best Documentary” at the Idyllwild International Festival of Cinema, and a “Special Jury Award for Social Impact” at the Napa Valley Film Festival. First Generation has been embraced far and wide as a tool to spark the conversation about what it takes to increase the college-going and success rate for low-income and first generation students."