Fresno Screening: I Learn America

One High School, One School Year, Five New Americans

Nearly one in four children in the United States is an immigrant or was born to immigrant parents. Our classrooms are meeting a growing influx of students who speak little to no English, who are unfamiliar with American culture, and, in some cases, who lack formal education – But the children of immigration are here to stay.  How we fare in welcoming them will determine the nature of America’s continually emerging identity.

The documentary  I LEARN AMERICA  follows five recently arrived young immigrants – with various legal statuses – over a tumultuous year in an American High school.

By walking in the shoes of these five complex (and in some ways, typical) teenagers who encounter everything from learning a new language to social pressure and visa uncertainties, we come to understand how these children – and the millions like them throughout the USA – are an integral part of America today.