Try Harder!

Directed by Debbie Lum

Year: 2021
Running Time: 84
Color Type: Color
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Country: U.S.
Language: English
Genres: Documentary
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Try Harder!

Cast
Sophia Wu
Ian Wang
Rachael Schmidt
Alvan Cai
Shealand Fairchild
Richard Shapiro

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Directed by Debbie Lum


San Francisco’s Lowell High, one of the best public schools in the country, draws high achievers— nearly 70% Asian Americans — from across the city into a fiercely competitive universe. The camera follows seniors through the hallways and into classrooms as the pressure intensifies to impress admissions officers at elite universities with their report cards, test scores, and overall awesomeness. The students proudly own their identity as nerds and tell their stories with candor and humor despite the stress. Will they achieve their dreams? What happens if they fail?

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