Broadcast Premiere: Starting May 17, 2012 (PBS)
Beginning May 17, 2012 PRECIOUS KNOWLEDGE will air on Independent Lens on PBS. Please check your local listings or visit the ITVS website to find out when the film will air in your community.
Director: Ari Luis Palos
Producer: Eren Isabel McGinnis
PRECIOUS KNOWLEDGE illustrates what motivates Tucson High School students and teachers to form the front line of an epic civil rights battle. While 48 percent of Mexican American students currently drop out of high school, Tucson High’s Mexican American Studies Program has become a national model of educational success, with 93 percent of enrolled students graduating from high school and 85 percent going on to attend college. However, Arizona lawmakers are shutting the program down because they believe the students are being indoctrinated with dangerous ideology and embracing destructive ethnic chauvinism.
PRECIOUS KNOWLEDGE is a co-production of Dos Vatos Productions and the Independent Television Service (ITVS), produced in association with Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB) and Arizona Public Media, with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). For more information about the film, please visit the filmmaker’s website at: http://preciousknowledgefilm.com. You can also follow them on Facebook.