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POV: The Learning

Airs Sunday, September 25, 2011 at 10:30 p.m. on KPBS TV

Women from the Philippines teach in Baltimore schools, as featured in

Credit: Courtesy of Ramona Diaz

Above: Women from the Philippines teach in Baltimore schools, as featured in "The Learning."

One hundred years ago, American teachers established the English-speaking public school system of the Philippines. Now, in a striking turnabout, American schools are recruiting Filipino teachers. “The Learning” is the story of four Filipino women who reluctantly leave their families and schools to teach in Baltimore. They hope to use their higher salaries to transform their families’ impoverished lives back home. But the women bring idealistic visions of the teacher’s craft and of life in America, which soon collide with Baltimore’s tough realities.

Photos And Video

View a photo gallery of images from "The Learning." Watch additional video, and deleted scenes from the film online.

Chronicling the women's determination and unshakeable belief in education, "The Learning" is a bracing and timely evocation of a teacher's indispensable work.

"The Learning" will be available for online viewing through October 20, 2011. It is only available in the United States.

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Trailer: POV: The Learning

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Interview: Filmmaker Ramona Diaz

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Filmmaker Ramona Diaz sits down with POV to discuss her new film "The Learning." Following the live of four Filipina women as they immigrate to teach in the Baltimore public school system, Diaz hopes her film raises questions about the social costs and culture shock experienced by many immigrants.

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