Usually, we hear about how teens should not give into peer pressure, but for Fatima, it was peer pressure that influenced her to apply to college. Her friends were the only support to keep her motivated and persevere through the challenges she faced at home. In her film Fatima, co-produced by William Tatlonghari and Eric Lopez, Fatima explores the challenges of growing up with her single mother who walked out on her abusive husband taking Fatima with her. At times, they had to live on the street, struggling to make rent and keep a roof over their heads.
In her film, Fatima explains, "Living with my family has really motivated me in getting out of my house and out of the family that I live with." Although a little unclear, she had issues with her older brother, and that frustration and anger helped her to motivate, succeed, and "beat him in life." Through her adversity, Fatima was able to do well in school and enroll at San Francisco State University.
This is the second video presented from the twelve that were produced at Philip and Sala Burton High School in Bayview. These films were part of Project VoiceScape, a partnership with Adobe Youth Voices, PBS, and POV that is aimed at encouraging middle and high school students nationwide to use digital media tools in creating compelling stories about issues and concerns important to them. At Burton, the students all picked the theme of college access as a focus for their films. The concept references financial struggles, immigration issues, lack of support, fears and anxieties.
KQED Education also worked with students from James Lick Middle School. All of the work was done in partnership with the San Francisco Ed Fund's Peer Resources program. They explored topics like depression, immigration, graffiti, video game addiction, domestic violence, and race and discrimination. Students produced incredibly poignant films about social issues that personally affect them. Through this personal lens, these films aim to express issues subjectively and do not attempt to hold any sort of objective journalistic integrity. These films also do not represent the opinions of any of the partnering organizations.
And without further ado, here's the film Fatima, produced by Fatima Parayno, William Tatlonghari, and Eric Lopez.