HumanDocs Film Series: I Learn America

HumanDocs Film Series: I Learn America is in the past.

Lipscomb University's HumanDocs Film Series
begins its 2013-14 season of top-quality documentaries with

"I Learn America"

Wednesday, Sept. 18, 7 pm,
Shamblin Theatre.

This documentary by critically acclaimed director and producer Jean Michel Dissard looks at the lives of five teenage immigrants as they adapt to life in America. At the International High School at Lafayette, a Brooklyn public high school dedicated to newly arrived immigrants from all over the world, these five students strive to master English, adapt to families they haven’t seen in years, and create a future of their own while coming of age in a new land. Through these five young people, their stories and struggles, and their willingness to open up their lives, we “learn America.”

Dissard has produced films selected to appear at Cannes and Sundance Film Festivals, and "I Learn America" was selcted to appear at the Nantucket Film Festival in June 2013.

This showing of "I Learn America" will be the Tennessee premiere of the film.

The HumanDocs Film Series is hosted by Lipscomb's College of Arts and Sciences. HumanDocs is proud to partner with the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition, the Nashville Film Festival, Nashville Public Television, and the university's College of Education and Department of English and Modern Languages to bring "I Learn America" to Middle Tennessee.

There will be a panel discussion following the film:

  • Candice McQueen, moderator, dean, Lipscomb College of Education;
  • Molly Sehring, teacher, Glencliff High School, one of Nashville's most diverse schools;
  • Will Pinkston, board member, Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools;
  • Jan Lanier, ESL Coordinator/Title III Consultant, Division of Special Populations, Tennessee Department of Education; and
  • Karla Chavez, a first-year student at Lipscomb University, who has lived undocumented in Tennessee since she was five and recently received deferred action for childhood arrivals.

For more information, contact Ted Parks in the School of Humanities at 615.966.6616.