Wednesday, January 23, 2013 • 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room
One hundred years ago, American teachers established the English-speaking public school system of the Philippines. Now, in a striking turnabout, American schools are recruiting Filipino teachers. “The Learning” (90 min.) shares the story of four Filipina women who reluctantly leave their families and schools to teach in Baltimore. With their increased salaries, they hope to transform their families’ lives back in their impoverished country. But the women also bring idealistic visions of the teacher’s craft and of life in America, which soon collide with Baltimore’s tough realities. This documentary by Ramona Diaz is shown in collaboration with POV, PBS’ award-winning nonfiction film series. You might know Diaz from her film Imelda that played at the 2004 True/False Film Fest, or from her newest film Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey that opened the 2012 Citizen Jane Film Fest.