Blog: Latino Ed Beat

Documentary Tells Story of Latino Teens

The first part of a compelling new documentary chronicling the lives of six young Latino teens premieres tonight (Monday) on PBS.

The documentary, created by filmmakers from the Quiet Pictures production company, will be shown on the program Independent Lens and will be broadcast at 10/9 CT. You can check your local listings to confirm the time. (As a disclaimer, I was asked for some feedback related to the discussion guides that accompany the documentary, but did not participate in editing or creating the documentary.)

Each young person profiled in the film experiences a personal challenge that endangers their chances of graduating from high school, yet overcomes them. Those issues include teen pregnancy, homelessness, and undocumented immigrant status, among other challenges.

Tonight, the viewers meet three young women in the “Girls Hour” of the program — Chastity, Darlene and Stephanie.

On Tuesday, the program will be rebroadcast online and will also feature a live chat with filmmaker Katia Maguire and a student from the film, Chastity Salas. Damary Bonilla-Rodriguez from the nonprofit Girls Inc. will moderate.