Tuesday, September 13, 2016

PBS documentary debuting tonight focuses on kids in Appalachia, reservations, migrant camps

UPDATED, Sept. 16: At 2 p.m. (ET) on Sept. 29 an online screening of the movie and a live chat will take place. To register for the event click here. Also, DVDs are available for engagement purposes. For more information click here

A documentary premiering tonight on PBS takes a look at the future of children on Native American lands in the Upper Midwest, the hollows of Appalachia and West Coast migrant camps. Class of '27 "explores the life circumstances surrounding these young children—how they see the world within their constellation of family, school, and community—for stories of people coming together against the odds to help their children grow into successful graduates of the class of ’27," according to a synopsis of the film.

The Appalachian segment focuses on Owsley County, Kentucky, one of the poorest in the nation, Valarie Honeycutt Spears reports for the Lexington Herald-Leader. The film is part of "American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen," an initiative from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to help local communities keep more students on the path to graduation. It is part of the America Reframed Series.

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