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KNME-New Mexico PBS presents
The Story of Six Rural New Mexico High School Students

Thursday, September 19 at 7:00 p.m. on Ch.5.1

Albuquerque, NM — KNME-New Mexico PBS, Ch.5.1 (Albuquerque/Santa Fe) presents OUR TIME IS NOW, a character driven coming-of-age documentary sharing the lives of six rural New Mexican students as they work toward finishing high school, wrestle with personal challenges, and pursue their dreams.

OUR TIME IS NOW airs Thursday, September 19 at 7:00 p.m. on KNME-New Mexico PBS, Ch.5.1.

Low graduation rates and poverty dominate the story of New Mexico education. However, when examined through the lens of rural New Mexican students, a dynamic and more complex set of human narratives emerge – of deep family ties, perseverance, cultural traditions, bridging worlds, personal struggle and success.

The protagonists of the film navigate the myriad of complexities facing rural teenagers today: Waylon (Torreon) is Navajo and lives without running water or electricity and helps provide the basic needs for his family; Jimmy (Farmington) faces the challenges of poverty and lives with a family torn apart by addiction; Juan (Portales) balances his English speaking school and his Spanish speaking home; Mitch (Acoma) stays rooted in her Pueblo traditions as she works hard to be the school’s valedictorian; Vicky (Deming) lost her mother and must hold down a fast food job to help support her family; Tiqua (Deming) must separate from the stability of her fifth-generation farm family.

80 students from five high schools participated in filmmaking and storytelling workshops during their junior year to help shape OUR TIME IS NOW. In addition, a working cut of the film was screened at each school, at the end of their senior year, where students helped locate what was and wasn’t working in the film. Throughout the process, OUR TIME IS NOW was used to promote dialogue between students, teachers and administrators.

Short segments of this program will air on PBS stations nationwide, in conjunction with AMERICAN GRADUATE DAY – Saturday, September 28, beginning at 12Noon on Ch.5.1

OUR TIME IS NOW was produced by New Mexico-based creative engagement non-profit Littleglobe and their “Turn the Lens” community filmmaking engagement program. OUR TIME IS NOW was funded in part by the New Mexico Higher Education Department and the GEAR UP NM Documentary Film Initiative, a collaborative statewide filmmaking project bringing forward stories within New Mexico’s public high schools.

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