The Pushouts

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Loving husband, father, award-winning professor, author, speaker, and mentor, Dr. Victor Rios is many things to many people. Growing up impoverished in West Oakland, California, a young Victor could not have forecast this life for himself. With no time to dream, he was struggling to survive—stealing cars, joining a gang, and quitting school. Luckily, Victor was drawn into the school system by mentors and teachers who provided opportunities for a healthier path, and 20 years later we see him help other “pushouts” reengage. Joined by an impressive team of his former university students, Victor is intent on arresting the school-to-prison pipeline for a group of teens in Yo! Watts, a program for out-of-school youth directed by one of his mentors, Martin Flores. Victor puts a premium on the teens’ finding trust in themselves and others as they begin the process of crafting their own stories of resilience and success.  WFM

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Director

Katie Galloway

Co-Director

Dawn Valadez

Producers

Katie Galloway, Dawn Valadez, Daniella Brower Sueuga

Executive Producer

Sharon Tiller

Editor

Stephanie Mechura

Cinematographer

Mario Furloni

Release Year

2018

Festival Year

2018

Country

United States

Run Time

55 minutes

Premiere

World Premiere