URBANA — The new season of Illinois Public Media's Community Cinema will begin Tuesday in a new location: the Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., U, at the University of Illinois.
The first screening will be of "The Graduates/Los Graduados," which examines the roots of the Latino dropout crisis and efforts to turn it around.
The free screening, sponsored by the Illinois Public Media/Spurlock Museum Community Cinema Partnership, will begin at 7 p.m. and be followed by a discussion by the audience and a panel. Members are:
— Jorge Chapa, UI professor of sociology and Latina/Latino studies;
— Alejandra Coronel, president and CEO of Coronel Bilingual Services and language services supervisor at Presence Covenant Medical Center, Urbana;
— Sue Grey, president and CEO of the United Way of Champaign County; and
— Samuel Banks, CEO of the Don Moyer Boys & Girls Club in Champaign.
The event will feature the first part of a two-part documentary that explores the roots of the Latino dropout crisis through the eyes of six young students who are part of an ongoing effort to increase graduation rates among the growing Latino population.
The student profiles offer a first-hand perspective on the challenges facing many Latino high school students, including overcrowded schools, crime-ridden neighborhoods, teen pregnancy and pressure to contribute to family finances.
"The Graduates/Los Graduados" will premiere on WILL-TV's Independent Lens at 9 p.m. on two consecutive Mondays: Oct. 28 and Nov. 4.
Other Community Cinema screenings this season:
— "The State of Arizona," Dec. 3, about the divisive battle over illegal immigration in the state.
— "Las Marthas," Feb. 4, 2014, about a Mexican-American debutante ball in Laredo, Texas.
— "The Trials of Muhammad Ali," March 4, about the famed boxer's exile years.
— "Medora," April 1, about an Indiana town's down-but-not-out varsity basketball team whose story parallels the town's fight for survival.
— "The New Black," June 3, about the historic battle for marriage equality in Maryland.