Xochitl Dorsey (Producer/Director/Writer/Editor/2nd Camera)

It’s hard enough being a teenager. Really, it is.

But imagine if you didn’t speak English and didn’t understand any cultural cues to make friends, let alone date.  That’s the situation that thousands of immigrant teens find themselves in.  Facing discrimination, language barriers, unfamiliar cultural traditions – all while dealing with the changes that all teens struggle with.  And it means that many will give up on trying to get an education. In New York City alone, the non-English speaking high school population has a 30% graduation rate.

“Immigrant High” takes us into the halls of Pan American International High School in Queens, New York, a school that wants to change all that by giving its Latino students a place to belong and excel.

Airing on PBS’ Independent Lens in Fall 2013.