Thursday May 9th - 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Walmart Museum World Room

Friday May 10th - 10:15 AM - 12:15 PM
Skylight 4

I was in prison before I was even born. So begins the story of Victor Rios, a high school dropout, Oakland gang member, and three-time felon by 15. But when a teacher’s quiet persistence, a mentor’s moral conviction, and his best friend’s murder converge, Rios’s path takes an unlikely turn.

Filmed over 25+ years, THE PUSHOUTS weaves Rios’ inspiring pushout-to-professor narrative with stories from YO!Watts, a youth center serving 16-to 24-year-olds who face overwhelming systemic challenges to, as 19-year-old Rynesha puts it, “living our best lives.” A then-and-now story of unusual intimacy and depth, THE PUSHOUTS trades well-meaning but detrimental narratives of tragedy and victimization for true stories of grit and resilience, highlighting the limitless potential of young people to thrive when given access to meaningful opportunities and connections to adults who care.

Director(s): Katie Galloway - Director; Dawn Valadez - Co-Director

Writer(s): Katie Galloway - Writer; Daniella Sueuga - Co-writer

Producer(s): Katie Galloway; Dawn Valadez; Daniella Sueuga

Editor(s): Stephanie Mechura

Cinematographer(s): Mario Furloni

Music Composer(s): B. Quincy Griffin

Victor Rios, Martin Flores, Flora Russ, Love Jefferson, Ana Merduro, Dulce, William, Rhynesha