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Directed by: Debbie Lum

Runtime: 85 min

Year: 2021

Country: USA

Rated: Not Rated

Language: English

Captions: Closed Captions

Film Type: Documentary

TRY HARDER!

Presentation by Ben Belnap, Ph.D., licensed clinical psychologist, on the research behind resilience.

At Lowell High School, the top-ranked public high school in San Francisco, the seniors are stressed out.

As they prepare for the emotionally draining college application process, students are keenly aware of the intense competition for the few open spots in their dream colleges. They scrutinize how every element of their application, from their classes to their extracurricular activities to their racial identities, might be read by admission officers. At Lowell—where cool kids are nerds, nearly everyone has an amazing talent, and the majority of the student body is Asian American—the things that usually make a person stand out can feel not good enough, even commonplace.

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.

Executive produced by Utah Film Center co-founder Geralyn Dreyfous.


 

Presented as part of

Science on Screen® is an initiative of the Coolidge Corner Theatre. With major support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Official Selection:

2020 Sundance Film Festival

Tuesday, June 22 @ 7:00 PMMonday, June 28 @ 10:00 PM MDT

Available to view from June 22 through June 28 or until all tickets are reserved.

Format: Streaming

Capacity: 300

Restrictions: Available to viewers in the Intermountain West