Documentary featuring Howard High School students, faculty to premiere Friday night
A documentary featuring Howard High School students and faculty will be premiering Friday night.
"Diploma Dreams: A glimpse into the academic success of immigrant students" looks at some of the adversities immigrant students face as they work to graduate from high school.
The documentary also shows how English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) teachers and school faculty play an important role in helping these students achieve academic success, a spokesperson for the film explained.
"The purpose of the documentary is to address the social-emotional wellness and truancy in immigrant youth. The goal of this production is to motivate students to own their story, attend school regularly and graduate," the spokesperson said.
The film was directed by Pablo Mazariegos thanks to the support of the Arts Build Community Cultural Connections Grant.
A spokesperson for the film explained that Mazariegos works at the Hamilton County Family Justice Center as a marriage and family therapist. He serves youth as an Intervention Specialist.
"The relationship building that Howard faculty fosters with their ESOL students is moving. As a counselor, my philosophy is that 'healing begins when our experience is felt and understood,'" Mazariegos said about the film. "In Diploma Dreams viewers learn that the Howard High School faculty is a great example that empathy and relationship building are the foundation to immigrant youth emotional wellness and academic success."
The documentary will debut at the Family Justice Center, which is located at 5705 Uptain Road, at 6:00 pm.