See 'First Generation' free film screening
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See ‘First Generation’ free film screening

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  • Lynda Jordan/Mesa Public Schools

Come to a free screening of the award-winning “First Generation” documentary at 6 p.m. April 23 at the Mesa Arts Center. Everyone’s welcome.


Mesa Public Schools parents, students, staff and residents are invited to attend a screening of “First Generation” at 6 p.m. April 23 in the Virginia Piper Theater at the Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa. Admission is free.

First Generation” is a feature documentary that tells the stories of four high school students — an inner-city athlete, a small-town waitress, a Samoan warrior dancer and the daughter of migrant field workers — who set out to break the cycle of poverty, to overcome obstacles and to bring hope to their families and communities by pursuing a college education.

The film also features some of our national’s top educational experts — Richard Kahlenberg of The Century Foundation; J.B. Schramm of College Summit; and Bill Tierney of the University of Southern California.

Narrated by Golden Globe nominee Blair Underwood, this award-winning 95-minute movie explores the challenges these students and their families face and how their success has major implications for the future of our nation.

First Generation” hosts are Mesa Counts on College and City Councilman David Luna, Mesa Public Schools educational television director.