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From the filmmaker behind "Miss Representation" and "The Mask You Live In" comes an exploration of inequality and our cultural values.
From the filmmaker behind "Miss Representation" and "The Mask You Live In" comes an exploration of inequality and our cultural values.
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Let me introduce you to Ruby

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Right now, there is so much inequality in our country, so much anger, and so much pain. But there is also so much hope. Over the weekend, I spoke at the San Francisco March for Our Lives and was inspired by the spirit and tenacity of the large crowd and thoughtfulness and intelligence of the youth organizers and speakers. Reading the reports and watching the videos from the other marches across the nation inspired me further, fueling my commitment to citizen activism. 

That's why I'm particularly excited to introduce you, today, to one of our film subjects, Ruby – a hard-working principal who puts the lives of her students at the center of her work – every single day. Here's an excerpt of Ruby's story:  

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Over the last three years of filming Ruby, we have been so inspired by her dedication to creating a school where the learning environment is innovative and rigorous, while also compassionate and loving. Like her, I love this country and know we can do better for our nation's youth, for all of us! That’s why I wanted to seize this moment and really uncover how we got here and what we can all do to create a more just and equitable and prosperous America for everyone. This is the story of The Great American Lie and we need your help to get it out into the world. Please support the film today.

Onwards,

Jennifer Siebel Newsom and The Representation Project Team

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    1. Kathryn Barenbrugge on

      Thank you for sharing a little of Ruby’s story. Through these times of great despair, I’m lifted up by these everyday people who bring me hope for the future to which we aspire. I loved and often recommend your first two documentaries. It is my sincere hope that you are able to finish this one as well.