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AsiaLENS - Try Harder! (Screening & Discussion w/ Filmmaker Debbie Lum)

Event Type
Film Screening
hosted by Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies and co-sponsored by Asian American Cultural Center, Spurlock Museum of World Cultures, Humanities Research Institute, Ebert Center for Film Studies, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, and Yellow Peril Redux Project at UIUC.
Spurlock Museum Knight Auditorium (600 S Gregory St, Urbana, IL 61801)
Nov 3, 2023   5:30  
Debbie Lum and Ian Wang
Free and open to the public
Yuchia Chang
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5:30 pm Pizza in the lobby (RSVP appreciated, but not required) click here to RSVP

6:00 pm Screening

7:30 pm Post-screening Discussion with Director/Producer Debbie Lum and subject Ian Wang; Moderated by David Chih, Director of Asian American Cultural Center

Try Harder! Summary:
Lowell High School is the top-ranked public high school in San Francisco – and the seniors are stressed out. At this majority Asian American high school, the students know that they’re often seen as robots and AP machines by college admissions officers. “Try Harder!” reveals the alarming reality of the American college application process and the intersection of class, race, and educational opportunity as experienced by high school seniors living through it. With humor and heart, director Debbie Lum captures the hopes, dreams, and anxieties of the most diverse American generation ever as they navigate a quintessential rite of passage and make it their own. Alongside its wide release from Sundance to public television, the film’s Impact Campaign centers student voices at the heart of the college admissions process by promoting mental health and BIPOC perspectives, and especially raising the visibility of AAPI stories. (A film by Debbie Lum. 2022. USA. 85 minutes.)

This family friendly event is free and open to the public. Students, families, counselors, and teachers from area high schools are especially welcome. Pizza will be provided at 5:30 pm in the lobby. RSVP is appreciated but not required. Click here to RSVP

**Please note that if you are bringing children, there is a health class scene where sex is discussed and some cursing.

This event is hosted by Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies and co-sponsored by Asian American Cultural CenterSpurlock Museum of World Cultures, Humanities Research InstituteEbert Center for Film StudiesDepartment of East Asian Languages and Cultures, and Yellow Peril Redux Project at UIUC.

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