Try Harder (2021)

Genres - Culture & Society  |   Sub-Genres - Social Issues  |   Release Date - Dec 3, 2021 (USA - Limited)  |   Run Time - 85 min.  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Olivia Cantor

Documentary filmmaker Debbie Lum weaves together diverse narratives and testimonies by over-achieving students enrolled at Lowell High School, one of California's highest-ranking schools for academic achievement. Anticipating their graduation, rising seniors discuss their journeys and duties as academically gifted students as the pressure of receiving acceptance letters to prestigious universities mounts, putting their fragile mental states in jeopardy. At the heart of the narrative stands a cohort of first-generation immigrants seeking to attend university and make their families proud.



college-admissions, high-school, small-town, social-commentary, teaching, test-preparation


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