Archive Documentary Spotlight

The Learning (2011)

The Learning (2011)
September 17, 2011 - 7:30 pm

Directed by Ramona Diaz

In this surprising and moving documentary, filmmaker Ramona Diaz (director of Imelda) tells a little-known story of public school teachers recruited from the Philippines to assume hard-to-fill teaching posts in American schools. Following her Filipina protagonists to their new country and into the classroom, Diaz renders a powerful group portrait, a timely and unusual immigration story, and an implicit portrait of the stresses in the American public education system. This screening is a collaboration with POV, the award-winning independent non-fiction film series on PBS. The Archive is pleased to present The Learning in advance of its September 20, 2011 airdate.

Digital video, color, in Tagalog and English with English subtitles, 98 min.