Mariachi High (2012)

  • Director: Kim Connell
  • Director: Ilana Trachtman
  • Producer/Executive Producer: Kelly Sheehan
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Mariachi High captures a year in the life of competitive high school mariachi musicians in the top-ranked ensemble Mariachi Halcon in Zapata, Texas a flash point for the complex issues facing the fastest-growing ethnic group in the US. As President Obama sounds a call to find and fight the causes of Latino drop out rates, the highest in the country, Mariachi High turns a positive lens on the dreams and dramas of Mexican American teenage-hood. In this soulful coming-of-age story, college-bound Latino role models compete to be the states champion band while experiencing the trials and triumphs shared by all American teens. From the nerve-racking auditions at the beginning of the year to the thrill of the 2010 Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza in San Antonio, Mariachi High provides much-needed affirmative screen time for teens that are stereotypically expected to fail.

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Event Name Date City State   Location Status
Civic Engagement Film Series May 09, 2013 Rockville MD United States Ring House Complete

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