Immersion

Categories: Shorts, Shorts
12min | 2009
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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Topics: Student Film, Children
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Connie Banks
Connie Banks
October 16, 2014
A
Great video for educational staff development where ELL population is growing rapidly. Creates awareness.
Deanne Ochoa-Durrell
Deanne Ochoa-Durrell
July 21, 2014
This is a great film because it's a really heartbreaking and realistic depiction of what ELL students across the nation are going through, where educational programs are not set up to build on the knowledge that immigrant kids already have and don't support those students to learn what they need.
Marta Sanchez
Marta Sanchez
April 9, 2014
A+
roberto
roberto
December 4, 2013
A
This is the other side of immigration, the one that does not allow you to immerse.
Tea
Tea
September 20, 2013
A+
Jennifer Hill
Jennifer Hill
August 26, 2013
A+