On November 9, 2017 at 6:30 pm the Confucius Institute U.S. Center will host a discussion and film screening of the independent documentary film Beyond the Wall.
The film tells the story of four DCPS high school students who were selected for a six-week Chinese language and culture program in Beijing in summer 2009. This opportunity was offered at no cost to the students through a partnership with Americans Promoting Study Abroad (APSA), with partial funding from the US State Department. The film follows the students in their homes, schools, and communities before their summer travel; during the six-week trip; and in the years since their return.
Beyond The Wall makes a powerful statement about the value and impact of global exposure and study abroad, particularly for students in underserved schools and communities. Three of the four students featured had never traveled abroad before this China trip (at least one had never been on an airplane before). Remarkably, seven years after filming, three of the four students are on an academic/career path directly related to their 2009 high school trip to China.
View the Beyond the Wall trailer here.
The film screening will be proceeded by a discussion featuring:
Sally Schwartz, Associate Producer and Director of Globalize DC
Jeffrey Wood, Featured Beyond the Wall Student and Pikering Fellow at John’s Hopkin’s University School of Advanced International Studies
This event aims to promote the empowering impact of international travel and intensive language study for students from traditionally underserved populations, the importance of the US-China relationship and the value of China and Chinese language study.
Information courtesy of Globalize DC.