The Graduates - Girls Hour

October 29, 2013
4:00pm Pacific Time
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The Graduates/Los Graduados, An eye-opening documentary on the challenges facing Latino students from across the USA / Un documental revelador sobre los desafíos que enfrentan los estudiantes Latinos en Estados Unidos.

“Girls” features Stephanie, a daughter of Salvadoran immigrants, who despite attending a tough public school on the South Side of Chicago, fights through the distractions and worries about violence to become a good student, outspoken activist, and volunteer; Chastity, a Bronx teen whose family has become homeless but uses writing as a means of escape while keeping her eyes on the prize — college; and Darlene, a Tulsa student who dropped out of school after becoming pregnant and has to play catch-up when she dives back into her studies, all while trying to make a good future for her son.


American Association of University Women

Boys and Girls Clubs of America

Children's Aid Society

Excelencia In Education

Girls Inc.

National Association of Latino Elected Officials

National Council of La Raza

Voto Latino

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The Graduates - The Girls

This two-part film explores pressing issues in education today through the eyes of six Latino and Latina students from across the US. This episode features Stephanie, a budding activist on the South Side of Chicago; Chastity, a Bronx teen whose family has become homeless; and Darlene, a Tulsa student who reenters school after having a baby in order to make a good future for her son.

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79min 20sec



  • Dr. Damary M. Bonilla-Rodriguez

    Dr. Damary M. Bonilla-Rodriguez has worked passionately on behalf of underserved communities through roles in the not-for-profit, private, and government sectors. In her current role at Girls Incorporated, an organization that inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold,SM she leads the organization's national Latina Initiative. Personal endeavors of overcoming statistics and accessing higher education, led her to earn a Doctorate in Education focusing on Executive Leadership from St. John Fisher College. Her doctoral research was titled “A Profile of Latina Leadership in the United States: Characteristics, Positive Influences, and Barriers.” In 2013, she was featured on NBC Latino’s “Latina Leaders” and Proud to be Latina’s “Empowered Latinas” series, for her work around Latina leadership. She is proud of her many accomplishments but highlights her greatest, as being the mother of three year old twin boys. Her favorite quote is: “If I have seen further, is it by standing on the shoulders of giants” (Newton).

  • Katia Maguire

    Maguire most recently worked with Bill Moyers as an associate producer on the public affairs news program Moyers & Company and for Bill Moyers Journal. She was the senior associate producer for Women, War & Peace, a five-part PBS documentary special exploring women’s strategic role in conflict and peace-building, and a co-producer on Quest for Honor, a documentary about honor-based violence in the Kurdish region of Iraq that was short-listed for the 2010 Academy Awards and premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. She is a recipient of ITVS Diversity Development Funding for her documentary Jessica Gonzales vs. The United States of America. Katia was a 2009-2010 fellow with the Union Docs documentary arts collaborative in Brooklyn.

  • Aimee Garcia

    Aimee Garcia is one of the most prolific actors in film and television. After graduating from Northwestern University with degrees in Economics, Journalism and French, she landed her role as George Lopez's niece "Veronica Palmero" in ABC's "The George Lopez Show," for which she was nominated for an Alma and Imagen Award. In 2010, Aimee won the National Hispanic Media Coalition Impact Award for “Outstanding Performance in a Dramatic Television Series” for her role as EMT helicopter pilot, “Marisa Benez,” in Peter Berg’s NBC drama Trauma. Recently, she was nominated for a 2012 SAG Award for “Best Ensemble in a Drama TV series” for her work as graduate student "Jamie Batista" on SHOWTIME's Emmy-nominated show Dexter. On the feature front, Aimee has appeared in James L. Brooks "Spanglish," "Go For It," and just wrapped MGM's Robocop opposite Michael Keaton and Gary Oldman, due in theaters Feb 7, 2014. Currently, she's recurring on CBS' period drama "Vegas" with Dennis Quaid and shooting the 8th and final season of Dexter.

  • Aimee Garcia

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