Ep. 102: "Try Harder" Director Debbie Lum


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"Try Harder" director Debbie Lum talks to Emil Guillermo about Lowell High School and the college admissions process captured in the film's profile of five students of diverse backgrounds.

What are AAPI going through to get to the elite colleges of their choice? And how are their parents dealing with it?

Is it possible that the African American parent wins the "Tiger Mom" competition?

And what of the white student who knows he has no chance to compete?

Everyone wants to go to an elite college but no one ever asks if it's a right fit. The kids grow up as the film progresses. When it's over, you'll want to know why some got in, and others didn't.

Emil, a Lowell alum, also compares his experiences with those of the students in the film.

Find out where the film is showing at www.tryharderfilm.com

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