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Immersion

Immersion
12:00 | 2009

Categories: Shorts, Shorts

Casting was probably the most important part of making Immersion. The search to find Moises and his classmates took several months. I visited the twelve elementary schools in Oakland and San Francisco with the highest Latino enrollment. These are also schools where the vast majority of students are poor enough to qualify for free lunches. I spoke in every 4th and 5th grade classroom.

I encouraged the kids to make their own films, using the child filmmaking exploits of fellow New Zealander Peter Jackson as an example. "Who's seen Lord of the Rings" and "Guess how old the filmmaker was when he made his first film" (correct answer: 8 years old) turned out to be good conversation-starters. Of course, the kids were also encouraged to participate in Immersion.

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h********m
October 26, 2016
As if teachers can't guess how it would feel to be immersed in a foreign language. Here's an idea!! Move to Spanish-speaking countries for a better life. They do exist! English is the official language of the WORLD. Bi-lingual ed is an epic dis-service and was proven to be a great failure for the kids that went through this decades ago in the USA. This child is Mexico's responsibility, or if they want to come for a "better" life, then accept part of that journey will include a sacrifice that does not inconvenience those that already live there. As in, expect to work in a service job that does not require speaking. We cannot cater to any other language when we have the entire globe coming in now. It's not practical. If great minds go to waste, the blame is solely on the parents who brought them here. Part of being a good parent is being a responsible one! Don't ask that a country become multilingual. That causes division and strife. Schools just want better test scores, as shown in this vid. It's all about money for schools. Not what's best for the kid. They must learn English, and learn it fast.

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August 12, 2016
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l********m
September 30, 2015
A+
muy bien hecha, conmovedora

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