Acclaimed Fil-Am Film “The Learning” airs nationwide on PBS-TV, this Tuesday Sept. 20, 10pm

Don’t miss it!  Please spread the word and post on FB (scroll further down below)!
“‘The Learning’ offers potent uplift–an involving and inspiring film.” — Dennis Harvey, Variety
“The film’s heroines become the unforgettable faces of a story all the more shocking for being so little-known.”
— Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
“‘The Learning’ is like no other film about teachers–it sensitizes you in fresh and unexpected ways to the transactions between instructors and students.” — Michael Sragow, film critic, The Baltimore Sun/New Yorker

POV | Documentaries with a point of view

The Learning
by Ramona Diaz

Better This World
Watch the trailer at:  
National PBS Premiere on POV
Tuesday, September 20 at 10 PM

(check your local listings)

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 is the story of four Filipino 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. A co–production of CineDiaz and ITVS in association with The Center for Asian American Media, with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and American Documentary | POV.

PBS presents a free exclusive sneak preview of The Learning. Available starting September 14, 2011 only on the PBS Video apps for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. Download the apps.
Visit the POV website to watch the filmmaker interview, to learn more about the impact of remittances and immigration on the Philippines and to access other special features.
To buy the DVD go to
Teachers, access lesson plans and video clips!
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Host a screening and discussion of The Learning. Apply online!

The Learning will be streaming online from September 21, 2011 to October 20, 2011.

Major funding for POV is provided by PBS, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, The Educational Foundation of America, New York State Council on the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, FACT, and public television viewers. Special support provided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Funding for POV’s Diverse Voices Project is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Project VoiceScape is a partnership of Adobe Youth Voices, PBS and POV. POV is presented by a consortium of public television stations, including WGBH Boston and THIRTEEN in association with WNET.ORG.

WNYC | NYSCA | NYCULTURE | MacArthur Foundation | NEA

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