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Try Harder! | Independent Lens

Try Harder
Lou Nakasako
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Independent Television Service
Graduating seniors at Lowell High School in San Francisco, CA.

Mon. May 2 at 10 p.m. on WKAR-HD 23.1 & STREAMING | At San Francisco’s academic pressure cooker Lowell High School, stressed-out seniors chase college dreams.

At Lowell High School, San Francisco’s academic pressure cooker, the kids are stressed out. With a majority Asian American student body, high-achieving seniors share their dreams and anxieties about getting into a top university. But is college worth the grind?

With humor and heart, director Debbie Lum takes us to the 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. Try Harder! is a portrait of young adults in the most diverse American generation ever as they navigate a quintessential rite of passage and make it their own.

Watch this documentary at video.wkar.org during or after the premiere date.

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