Filmmaker Juliane Dressner sits down with CUNY TV Short Docs to talk about the types of films she is drawn to, using her work documenting the CUNY-affiliated program College Access: Research & Action (CARA) as an example. In the interview, she describes the process of following Karoline, Christine, and Enoch, three high school low-income students from Brooklyn as they train as youth leaders to assist their peers with college applications, even as they struggle with the process themselves. With the support of CARA, the three seniors develop the tools they need to overcome the hurdles thrown along their way.
Enoch Jemmott, now a student at Queens College, addresses the barriers he and his family had to overcome to finally attend college.
This interview accompanies the video “Right to College,” released by CUNY TV Short Docs, which describes the challenges facing Karoline, Christine, and Enoch on their final year of high school as they struggled to get themselves and their peers to college. They became the protagonists of Ms. Dressner’s “Personal Statement,” a feature-length documentary that follows them into college.