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Reel Feminism: The Learning

May 18, 2013

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Coming up this Wednesday is May’s installment of Reel Feminism! Join us at on Wednesday for The Learning, a documentary about Filipina women in the American educational system.

One hundred years ago, American teachers established the English-speaking public school system of the Philippines. Now, in a striking turnabout, American schools are recruiting Filipino teachers. THE LEARNING, from award-winning filmmaker Ramona S. Diaz (IMELDA), is the story of four Filipina women who reluctantly leave their families and schools to teach in Baltimore. With their increased salaries, they hope to transform their families’ lives back in their impoverished country. This absorbing, beautifully crafted film follows these teachers as they take their place on the frontline of the No Child Left Behind Act. Across the school year’s changing seasons, the film chronicles the sacrifices they make as they try to maintain a long-distance relationship with their children and families, and begin a new one with the mostly African-American students whose schooling is now entrusted to them.

-from Women Make Movies


Come down to the Clinton Street Theatre on Wednesday, May 22nd at 7pm for a screening of The Learning with discussion to follow. Admission is $5-10, with anything over $5 going directly to support In Other Words.

For more information, RSVP on Facebook and join the In Other Words presents: Reel Feminism group.

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  1. May 20, 2013 10:15 am

    “Filipina women who reluctantly leave their families and schools to teach in Baltimore.”
    Wouldn’t this be considered some form of slavery?? Hmmm…


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