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Try Harder!

Hosted by David Craig



Jun 26, 3:00 PM AEST


$10.00 per person

Available in

United States of America, Canada

About the event

Welcome to Day 2 of the CIRC SCREENINGS hosted by Kinema. Today's screening costs $10 USD per person.TRY HARDER! is a feature film that debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in 2021. At Lowell High School, the top public high school in San Francisco, the seniors are stressed out. As they prepare for the emotionally draining college application process, students are keenly aware of the intense competition for the few open spots in their dream colleges. They scrutinize how every element of their application, from their classes to their extracurricular activities to their racial identities, might be read by admission officers. At Lowell—where cool kids are nerds, nearly everyone has an amazing talent, and the majority of the student body is Asian American—the things that usually make a person stand out can feel not good enough, even commonplace. With humor and heart, director Debbie Lum takes us to the reality of the American college application process and the intersection of class, race, and educational opportunity as experienced by high school seniors living through it. Try Harder! is a portrait of young adults in the most diverse American generation ever as they navigate a quintessential rite of passage and make it their own.

About the film

In a world where cool kids are nerds, the orchestra is world class and being Asian American is the norm, seniors at Lowell High School compete for the top prize: admission to the college of their dreams.




1h 25m




Debbie Lum

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