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Meet Our Speakers – Stephanie Alvarado and Producers from “The Graduates/Los Graduados” (Oct. 22, Hill Center)

Stephanie Alvarado from "The Graduates/Los Graduados"

Stephanie Alvarado from “The Graduates/Los Graduados”

Tuesday, October 22 at 7 PM, the Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital (921 Pennsylvania Ave., SE, Washington, DC 20003) will present the Girls/Latinas episode from “The Graduates/Los Graduados.” Following the screening is a Q&A Stephanie Alvarado (in person) of Chicago, IL, one of the students featured in the film, and producers Pamela A. Aguilar and Katia Maguire

The event is FREE and open to the public. For RESERVATIONS (requested), visit:
or call 202-549-4172

Stephanie lives with her parents—immigrants from El Salvador– and three brothers on the south side of Chicago. Although she was an able student, Stephanie was weighed down by the bad reputation of her school. Gage Park High School is under-resourced and the metal detectors students must pass through to enter the school made her feel like her school was a prison. Stephanie became involved in Voices of Youth in Chicago Education, which aims to decrease the city’s dropout rate through projects like ‘peer jury’ where students discuss and determine solutions for their peers who have committed a minor infraction (which without peer jury might result in suspension or expulsion.) Not only did Stephanie’s grades improve dramatically, but she also began participating in several activities, as a peer jury member at school; as an outspoken activist in support of Chicago teachers; and as part of a student group helping to build schools in Senegal.

Pamela Aguilar (Producer) is an award-winning documentary producer who most recently co-produced the Emmy-nominated film, The Longoria Affair (Independent Lens) and produced two hours of Latin Music USA, the nationally acclaimed four-hour PBS series. Other credits include an investigative documentary on public school education for the Emmy Award- winning series, CNN Presents and national PBS projects such as “God in America,” “Beyond Brown,” “Matters of Race,” and FRONTLINE. She is a graduate of New School University and is a Master’s Candidate at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York City.

Katia Maguire (Producer) has worked in public media and on documentaries for the past decade. Before joining QUIET PICTURES, Katia worked with veteran and award-winning journalist Bill Moyers on his new public affairs show “Moyers & Company” as an associate producer, a position she also held at “Bill Moyers Journal”. Katia was the senior associate producer for the five-part PBS documentary series “Women, War & Peace” and served as co-producer on “Quest for Honor,: an independent documentary centering on violence against women in the Kurdish region of Iraq. She graduated from the University of Virginia where she majored in foreign affairs and Latin American Studies.

Meet Our Speakers: “The Graduates/Los Graduados” (October 20 – Washington DCJCC)

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Darlene Bustos

Darlene Bustos

We will have a conference call Q&A with producer Katie Maguire and Darlene Bustos (appears in film) following the Sunday, October 20th screening of THE GRADUATES/LOS GRADUADOS  (Girls/Latinas epsiode), at the Washington DC Jewish Community Center (1529 16th Street, NW).  The Community Cinema [DC] event starts at 3 PM.  Tickets are available via Eventbrite
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or call 202-939-0794.

Katia Maguire

Katia Maguire most recently worked with Bill Moyers as an associate producer on the public affairs news program Moyers & Company and for Bill Moyers Journal. She was the senior associate producer for Women, War & Peace, a five-part PBS documentary special exploring women’s strategic role in conflict and peace-building, and a co-producer on Quest for Honor, a documentary about honor-based violence in the Kurdish region of Iraq that was short-listed for the 2010 Academy Awards and premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. She is a recipient of ITVS Diversity Development Funding for her documentary Jessica Gonzales vs. The United States of America. Katia was a 2009-2010 fellow with the Union Docs documentary arts collaborative in Brooklyn.

Watch a preview of the Girls/Latinas episode: