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Film Screening of 'Tested' and Q&A with Writer/Director Curtis Chin

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Film Screening of 'Tested' and Q&A with Writer/Director Curtis Chin

Time: September 23, 2015 from 7pm to 9:30pm
Location: Southern CT State University - Adanti Student Center Theater
Street: 501 Crescent St.
City/Town: New Haven, CT
Website or Map: http://calendar.southernct.ed…
Phone: (203) 392-5676
Event Type: film, screening, and, director, q&a
Organized By: Shirley A. Jackson
Latest Activity: Sep 21, 2015

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"Tested" looks at the lack of racial diversity at the top public high schools in New York City by following a dozen families from different racial, socio-economic and religious backgrounds as they prepare to pass the grueling entrance exam. Already, the film has been getting a great response from places like the White House Initiative on African American Education Excellence, the American Educational Research Association and the New York Times.

The gap in opportunities for different races in America remains extreme. Nowhere is this more evident than our nation's top public schools. In New York City, where blacks and Hispanics make up 70 percent of the city's school-aged population, they represent less than 5 percent at the city's most elite public high schools. Meanwhile, Asian Americans make up as much as 73 percent. This documentary follows a dozen racially and socioeconomically diverse 8th graders as they fight for a seat at one of these schools. Their only way in: to ace a single standardized test. "Tested" includes the voices of such education experts as Pedro Noguera and Diane Ravitch as it explores such issues as access to a high-quality public education, affirmative action, and the model-minority myth.

Curtis Chin has written for shows on ABC, the Disney Channel and Nickelodeon, as well as projects for NBC and Fox. He has won awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the San Diego Asian American Film Foundation, among others. His first documentary, "Vincent Who?," has screened at nearly 400 colleges in four countries and won awards from the National Association for Multicultural Education and the Asian American Justice Center. As a community activist, he co-founded the Asian American Writers Workshop and Asian Pacific Americans for Progress. He has appeared on MSNBC, CNN, and NPR, and in Newsweek and other media outlets. He is currently a Visiting Scholar at NYU.

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