I’ve seen this trailer for the film PRECIOUS KNOWLEDGE for a while now and wanted to share with VL readers. A film by Dos Vatos Production, the film focuses on youth at Tucson High School enrolled in their Mexican American Studies Program and discusses the isolation and targeting of ethnic studies in the US. Here is what Dos Vatos shares about thie film:
Arizona lawmakers believe Tucson High School teachers are teaching victimization, racism, and revolution in their Ethnic Studies classes. Meanwhile Tucson Unified School District’s Mexican American Studies Department have data showing that almost 100% of their students graduate from high school and 82% attend college.
Why is studying Mexican culture and history controversial? What is Ethnic Studies? Why is the national dropout rate so high for Latino youth 50%?
The Dos Vatos Productions team filmed a year in the classroom to find out why the Mexican American Studies program is so popular with students, so misunderstood by the public, and discover what actually happens in the classroom.
PRECIOUS KNOWLEDGE illustrates an epic civil rights battle as brave students and teachers battle with lawmakers and public opinion in an effort to keep their classes alive.
Check out the trailer below, and if you want to find out more visit the Precious Knowledge facebook page.