‘Graduates’ opens eyes on struggles

If you missed the first installment of “The Graduates,” be sure to tune in for the second part next Monday on Panhandle PBS.

“The Graduates” is the latest Independent Lens project to be broadcast by PBS.

http://video.pbs.org/video/2365062779/

Part I aired Monday night on Panhandle PBS.

It walks viewers through the lives of young Americans who’ve struggled to find their way through school. Some of them are in the United States illegally, yet they’ve found a way to make something of themselves.

They’ve struggled through drug use and abuse, giving birth to children, physical abuse at home and in school, bullying, violence, involvement with street gangs … and a whole host of issues that might bring down those with stout hearts and constitutions.

“The Graduates” covers the country from coast to coast. The stories are compelling and are told through the eyes of independent filmmakers who are free to document lives without the help — and the pressure — from those with deep pockets.

The second part airs next Monday, Nov. 4, at 9 p.m. If you missed the first part, you can watch it by logging onto panhandlepbs.org.

http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/blog/graduates-interview-filmmaker-bernardo-ruiz

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