Film Festival

This year’s ARC features three independent documentary films collectively representing several topics related to student success in higher education. Join us for a film (and popcorn and candy!), followed by a discussion with the films’ creators or stars about the themes of the films, the way higher education is portrayed, and the implications of the films’ messages on our institutions, our current students, and future generations.

Film Festival

April 23, 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm

First Generation

Directed by Adam and Jaye Fenderson and narrated by Blair Underwood, First Generation follows the journeys of four California high school students - an inner city athlete, a small town waitress, a Samoan warrior dancer, and the daughter of migrant field workers - who set out to break the cycle of poverty and bring hope to their families and communities by pursuing a college education. Shot over the course of three years, this film explores the problem of college access faced by first generation and low-income students and how their success has major implications for the future of our nation.

Movie-goers will be joined by directors Adam and Jaye Fenderson after the film for a discussion about the implications of the film’s key ideas on higher education.

CLICK HERE to post your questions on Backchan.nl about First Generation

 
April 23, 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Inequality For All

Inequality For All Poster

Featuring Robert Reich (Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley, former Secretary of Labor in the Clinton administration) and directed by Jacob Kornbluth, the documentary Inequality for All explores the challenges of widening income inequality in the United States. Reich explores the effects that the increasing gap in income equality has had on the U.S. economy and also on American democracy. The film explores this fundamental question: What is a good society and what role does the widening income gap play in the deterioration of the nation's economic health?

CLICK HERE to post your questions on Backchan.nl about Inequality For All

 
April 23, 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Ivory Tower

Ivory TowerDirected by Andrew Rossi and featuring Andrew Delbanco (Director of American Studies at Columbia University), Ivory Tower explores two key questions: Is college worth the cost? And what price will society pay if higher education cannot revolutionize college as we know it and evolve a sustainable economic model?  Profiling Arizona State, Cooper Union, and San Jose State —among several others—Ivory Tower discusses how colleges in the United States have come to embrace a business model that often promotes expansion over quality learning. But along the way, the film also identifies unique programs, from Stanford, to Deep Springs, to Spelman, where the potential for life-changing college experiences endure.

Movie-goers will be joined by Andrew Rossi after the film for a discussion about the implications of the film’s key ideas on higher education.

CLICK HERE to post your questions on Backchan.nl about Ivory Tower