METROFOCUS: OCTOBER 8, 2019

October 09, 2019 at 5:30 am

We have the details on a sobering report on racial inequality and income disparity in uptown Manhattan. As Jews around the tri-state observe the start of Yom Kippur, we have the story of a Catholic priest on a mission to find the remains of 2 million victims of genocide by unearthing the trail of bullets the Nazis left behind. In a new one-hour special, public media’s American Graduate initiative tells the story of the individuals and organizations providing support, advice and intervention services to the unemployed. Tonight, we focus on the victories in one high school in Baldwin on Long Island. In a new one-hour special, public media’s American Graduate initiative tells the story of the individuals and organizations providing support, advice and intervention services to the unemployed. Tonight, we focus on the victories in one high school in Baldwin on Long Island.

Aired on October 8, 2019. 

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>>> TONIGHT ON "METROFOCUS" -- A
SOBERING REPORT ON RACIAL
INEQUALITY AND INCOME DISPARITY
IN UPTOWN NEW YORK.
THE DISTURBING DETAILS AHEAD.
>>> A HEARTBREAKING MISSION.
AS JEWS OBSERVE THE STORT OF YOM
KIPPUR, THE STORY OF A CATHOLIC
PRIEST ON A MISSION TO FIND THE
REMAINS OF VICTIMS OF GENOCIDE.
JOURNEYS TO JOBS.
A PBS AMERICAN GRADUATE SPECIAL
TELLS THE STORY OF THE
COMMUNITIES PROVIDING SUPPORT,
ADVICE AND INTERVENTION SERVICES
TO THE UNEMPLOYED.
IN A MOMENT, A LOOK AT THE
VICTORIES IN ONE BALDWIN, LONG
ISLAND, HIGH SCHOOL.
>>> AND LIGHTS, CAMERA,
HAMPTONS.
THE HAMPTONS INTERNATIONAL FILM
FESTIVAL IS BACK THIS COLUMBUS
DAY WEEKEND.
WE HAVE A PREVIEW.
THOSE STORIES AND MORE AS
"METROFOCUS" STARTS RIGHT NOW.
§§
>> THIS IS "METROFOCUS" WITH
RAFAEL PI ROMAN, JACK FORD, AND
JENNA FLANAGAN.
>>> "METROFOCUS" IS MADE
POSSIBLE BY --
JAMES AND MERRYL TISCH,
SUE AND EDGAR WACHENHEIM III,
THE SYLVIA A. AND SIMON B. POYTA
PROGRAMING ENDOWMENT TO FIGHT
ANTI-SEMITISM.
BERNARD AND IRENE SCHWARTZ,
ROSALIND P. WALTER,
BARBARA HOPE ZUCKERBERG,
AND BY --
>>> INEQUALITY BETWEEN RACIAL
AND ETHNIC GROUPS IN TERMS OF
HEALTH CARE, EDUCATION IS OFTEN
GREATER IN NORTHERN MANHATTAN
THAN IT IS CITYWIDE.
CITIZENS COMMITTEE FOR CHILDREN
OF NEW YORK, A NONPROFIT
CHILDRENS ADVOCACY ORGANIZATION,
IS PROPOSING COMMUNITY DRIVEN
SOLUTIONS TO IMPROVE THE
WELL-BEING OF THE 500,000
RESIDENTS AND 90,000 CHILDREN IN
NORTHERN MANHATTAN.
AND JOINING US TO TALK AS PART
OF OUR ONGOING INITIATIVE
CHASING THE DREAM, POVERTY AND
OPPORTUNITY IN AMERICA, IS
JENNIFER MARCH, THE EXECUTIVE
DIRECTOR OF THE CITIZENS
COMMITTEE FOR CERTAIN.
JENNIFER, WELCOME TO THE
PROGRAM.
>> THANKS FOR HAVING ME.
>> JENNIFER, WHAT IS THE
PRINCIPAL MISSION OF THE
ORGANIZATION?
>> SO CITIZENS COMMITTEE FOR
CHILDREN ARE OFTEN REFERRED TO
AT CCC IS TO ENSURE EVERY CHILD
IS HEALTHY AND EDUCATED AND
SAFE.
>> WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO FOCUS
ON NORTHERN MANHATTAN, AND WHAT
IS NORTHERN MANHATTAN?
>> SO NORTHERN MANHATTAN
INCLUDES WEST HARLEM, CENTRAL
HARLEM AND WASHINGTON HEIGHTS.
AND WE CHOSE TO FOCUS OUR REPORT
ON THIS DISTRICT BECAUSE WE HAVE
A LARGE DATA SET CALLED KEEPING
TRACK OF NEW YORK CITY'S
CHILDREN.
AND WE LOOK AT THE DATA ACROSS
DIFFERENT IMPORTANT DOMAINS,
ECONOMIC SECURITY, HOUSING,
HEALTH, EDUCATION, YOUTH AND
FAMILY AND COMMUNITY.
WE SEE THAT NORTHERN MANHATTAN
RANKS VERY HIGH RISK FOR
CHILDREN AND FAMILIES.
>> ALL RIGHT.
WE'RE GOING TO TALK ABOUT THE
NEEDS THAT ARE SHARED OVERALL IN
NORTHERN MANHATTAN.
BUT LET'S FOCUS ON EACH OF WHAT
YOU CALL THE COMMUNITY
DISTRICTS.
TALK ABOUT -- WILL YOU TALK
ABOUT THAT?
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE UNIQUE
NEEDS OF EACH OF THOSE
DISTRICTS?
>> IN WASHINGTON HEIGHTS, WHAT'S
A UNIQUE NEED IS SOCIAL
ISOLATION THAT'S DRIVEN BY
IMMIGRATION STATUS.
WE HAVE HIGHER RATES OF ADULTS
WITH LIMITED ENGLISH ABILITY.
AND REALLY CONCERNS GIVEN THE
NATIONAL CLIMATE AROUND
IMMIGRATION ABOUT SEEKING
SERVICES.
SO THAT'S ONE PARTICULAR UNIQUE
NEED TO WASHINGTON HEIGHTS.
IN CENTRAL HARLEM AND WEST
HARLEM, WHAT WE'RE SEEING IS
LARGER THAN AVERAGE SHARES OF
ADULT HOUSEHOLDS, HEADS THAT
LACK A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA AND
WHO ARE REALLY STUCK IN
EMPLOYMENT SECTORS WHERE WAGE
GROWTH IS LIMITED.
>> SO SPEAKING MORE BROADLY, YOU
KNOW, HOW DOES THE POVERTY RATE
OF NORTHERN MANHATTAN GENERALLY
COMPARE TO THE POVERTY RATE
CITYWIDE?
>> WELL, WHAT'S INTERESTING IS
THAT THERE'S BEEN A MORE
DRAMATIC DECLINE IN POVERTY
RATES AND CHILD POVERTY RATES IN
THE DISTRICT AS A WHOLE THAN THE
CITY OVERALL.
SO THE POVERTY RATE HAS DECLINED
ALMOST 4% WHERE OVERALL IN THE
CITY IT'S DECLINED 1% OVER THE
LAST DECADE.
WHAT WE SEE, THOUGH, IS THEY ARE
FAR HIGHER NUMBERS OF CHILDREN
LIVING IN POVERTY IN THOSE
DISTRICTS MEANING 60% OF
CHILDREN ARE LIVING IN
HOUSEHOLDS THAT EARN LESS THAN
$38,000 A YEAR.
THAT'S DRAMATIC WHEN WE KNOW THE
MEDIAN INCOME IN NEW YORK CITY
IS ABOUT $56,000.
>> AND THE DROP OF THE POVERTY
RATE IN NORTHERN MANHATTAN, I
MEAN, I KNOW FOR A FACT THAT
PARTS OF THAT, PARTICULARLY IN
HARLEM, HAVE BEEN HIGHLY
GENTRIFIED.
SO I'M WONDERING IF THE DROP IN
POVERTY IS BECAUSE THE GENERAL
POPULATION'S INCOME HAS
INCREASED OR THE PEOPLE MOVING
IN RAISE UP THE AVERAGE INCOME?
>> THAT'S EXACTLY WHY WE WANTED
TO DO THIS REPORT AND ACTUALLY
SPEAK TO COMMUNITY RESIDENTS AND
DIRECT SERVICE PROVIDERS IN
THESE DISTRICTS BECAUSE WE SAW
MUCH HIGHER GROWTH IN INCOME IN
THESE DISTRICTS AND LOWER RATES
OF POVERTY WHICH MADE US
QUESTION WHETHER OR NOT ALL
RESIDENTS WERE BENEFITING FROM
THAT LIFTING TIDE.
>> LET'S TALK ABOUT EDUCATION.
HOW DO STUDENTS FROM NORTHERN
MANHATTAN PERFORM IN THE STATE
MANDATED TESTS COMPARED TO
STUDENTS CITYWIDE?
>> IT'S PARTICULARLY TROUBLING
BECAUSE THEY'RE PASSING THE ESL
OR ENGLISH LANGUAGE MATH AND
ARTS AT RATES HALF THAT OF THE
CITYWIDE AVERAGE.
SO THEIR SCHOOLS ARE REALLY
POORLY RESOURCED, AND CHILDREN
ARE NOT ATTAINING PASSING RATES
AT THE LEVEL WE'D LIKE TO SEE.
>> SO AS THE REPORT SUGGESTS,
IT'S NOT JUST NEEDS BUT STRENGTH
IN THESE COMMUNITIES.
YOU TALK ABOUT THE INCREASING
INCOME OF PARTS OF NORTHERN
MANHATTAN.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE OTHER
STRENGTHS THAT YOU WITNESS, THAT
YOU REPORT?
>> I THINK WHAT THE REPORT AND
WHAT OUR PARTICIPATORY RESEARCH
PROCESS DEMONSTRATED IS THAT
COMMUNITY MEMBERS, PARENTS AND
YOUNG PEOPLE, ARE ACTIVELY
INVOLVED IN THINKING ABOUT HOW
TO STRENGTHEN THEIR COMMUNITIES.
THERE'S A LARGE, VERY ROBUST
HUMAN SERVICE, SOCIAL SERVICE
INFRASTRUCTURE AND HEALTH CARE
INFRASTRUCTURE IN THE DISTRICT.
BEAUTIFUL PARKS AND PLAYGROUNDS,
AND THAT THERE ARE YOUNG PEOPLE
AND PARENTS THAT ARE ACTIVELY
TRYING TO THINK ABOUT HOW TO
ACCESS THE SERVICES THAT THEY
NEED TO BE UPWARDLY MOBILE, TO
SUCCEED IN SCHOOL AND IN THE
WORKFORCE.
AND OUR CHALLENGE IS THE NEEDS
ARE GREAT, AND WE NEEDED TO HELP
THINK THROUGH HOW THEIR LOCAL
ADVOCACY CAN BE INFORMED BY DATA
AND HOW WE ENSURE THE CITY OF
NEW YORK IS PAYING ATTENTION TO
THESE TRENDS AND MAKING SURE
THAT SERVICES ARE CONVENIENT,
ACCESSIBLE AND AFFORDABLE FOR
THOSE THAT NEED THEM MOST.
>> WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO ACHIEVE
WITH THIS REPORT?
>> WELL, I HOPE WE -- MULTIPLE
THINGS.
THE PROCESS WAS A YEAR-LONG
PROCESS OF TALKING TO PEOPLE
THAT LIVE AND WORK IN THE
COMMUNITIES THAT WE WERE FOCUSED
ON.
AND WE HOPE THAT THAT PROCESS
HAS CREATED NEW RELATIONSHIPS
THROUGH WHICH PEOPLE CAN EXPLORE
COLLABORATIVE SERVICE MODELS AND
ADVOCACY AT THE VERY LOVELY
LEVEL.
AND WE'RE HOPING THE REPORT
INFORMS OUR OWN ADVOCACY OF
CITYWIDE INITIATIVES WHO MAKE
INSURE ADDICTION PREVENSION
RESOURCES ARE IN PLACE, NEW
MODELS OF CHILD CARE AND OTHER
THINGS THAT HELP PARENTS LIVE,
WORK AND RAISE THEIR FAMILIES
HERE.
>> JENNIFER, THANKS.
GOOD LUCK TO YOUR ORGANIZATION
AND TO YOU.
THANKS FOR JOINING US.
>> THANKS FOR HAVING US.
§§
§§
>>> TONIGHT MARKS THE HOLIEST
DAY ON THE JEWISH CALENDAR, YOM
KIPPUR.
A DAY OF FASTING.
WE BRING YOU A STORY ABOUT
JEWISH HISTORY.
ONE THAT LARGELY WOULD HAVE BEEN
LOST TO HISTORY HAD IT NOT BEEN
FOR THE WORK OF ONE CATHOLIC
PRIEST.
FATHER PATRICK DUBOIS SPENT OVER
A DECADE INVESTIGATING WHAT'S
BEEN CALLED THE HOLOCAUST BY
BULLETS.
HE AND HIS TEAM HAVE TRAVELED
ACROSS EASTERN EUROPE IN SEARCH
OF MASS GRAVES USED BY NAZI
GERMANY KILLING SQUADS TO BURY
SOME 2 MILLION JEWS OR ROUGHLY
ONE-THIRD WHO DIED DURING THE
HOLOCAUST.
THEIR DEATHS HAVE LONG BEEN
OVERSHADOWED BY THE VICTIMS OF
CONCENTRATION CAMPS INSPECT THE
FORMER SOVIET UNION, THE MURDER
THERE WAS LOCAL.
VILLAGES BECAME MASS GRAVES AS
RESIDENTS BORE WITNESS.
FATHER PATRICK DUBOIS JOINS ME
TO TALK MORE ABOUT HIS WORK.
IT'S A PLEASURE TO MEET YOU.
THANK YOU FOR COMING IN AND
SPENDING TIME WITH US HERE.
YOU ARE A CATHOLIC PRIEST.
>> THAT'S RIGHT.
>> YOU ARE NOT A HISTORIAN.
YOU ARE NOT A DETECTIVE.
SO WHAT THEN DREW YOU TO THIS
AND MADE THIS BECOME ESSENTIALLY
YOUR LIFE'S CALLING?
>> FIRST, IT WAS A FAMILY STORY.
MY GRANDFATHER HAS BEEN DEPORTED
AND I REALIZED THAT IN A SMALL
VILLAGE WHEN HE WAS -- WHERE
17,000, 18,000 JEWS WERE SHOT
AND YOU COULD FIND NOTHING.
AND IT WASN'T KNOWN.
I BEGAN TO ASK, WHERE ARE THE
MASS GRAVES OF THE JEWS?
WHEN I FOUND THE FIRST ONE I
REALIZED THEY KILLED JEWS AND
THE FULL CONTINENT OF
EXTERMINATION.
IT'S WHY WE HAVE EFFECTIVELY --
>> SO THE NUMBER, IN SORT OF
LOOKING AT THE WORK YOU'VE DONE
AND LISTENING TO SOME OF YOUR
STORIES, I WAS STRUCK BY THE
NUMBER OF PEOPLE THAT YOU HAVE
BEEN DISCOVERING.
THE GRAVES, THE BODIES.
WERE YOU SURPRISED BY THAT
NUMBER?
>> YEAH, I WAS VERY SURPRISED.
AND ALL PEOPLE OF MY TEAM.
THEY WERE SURPRISED.
I REMEMBER THE BIGGEST MASS
GRAVE, 54,000 PEOPLE.
IT WAS -- THEY TOLD THEM THEY GO
TO PALESTINE.
THEY TOOK A TRAIN.
AND AFTER ONE HOUR, THE TRAIN
STOPPED.
IT WAS FINISHED.
NO PALESTINE.
AND THEY HAD TO WALK KILOMETERS
TO 29 PIGSTIES AND SUDDENLY
AROUND CHRISTMAS THE ROMANIANS
DECIDED TO SHOOT THEM.
THEY REFUSED TO GO, THE FIRST
ONES, SO THEY PUT BARBED WIRES
AROUND ONE OF THE PIGSTY AND
BURNED THEM ALIVE.
>> AFTER ALL THESE YEARS, HOW DO
YOU FIND THESE SITES?
>> WE FIND THAT THROUGH THE
ARCHIVES.
WE WORK REALLY LIKE POLICE WITH
SOVIET AND GERMAN ARCHIVES.
AND MY TEAM WILL GO 11 PERSON ON
THE GROUND.
WE TRAIN YOUNG PEOPLE TO DO
THAT.
AND WITH METAL DETECTOR, WE LOOK
FOR THE CARTRIDGES AND INTERVIEW
THE PEOPLE THAT WERE PRESENT AT
THE KILLING BECAUSE WE USE A LOT
OF PEOPLE AND EVERYBODY WANTED
TO WATCH.
I REMEMBER IN A VILLAGE, THE
DIRECTOR OF THE SCHOOL SAY
TOMORROW NO SCHOOL BECAUSE WE
KILL OUR ENEMIES.
AND SO THE MORNING AFTER 37
CHILDREN RUN TO THE PLACE AND IT
WAS TOO EARLY.
THE GERMANS WERE NOT HERE AND
THE JEWS, AND THEY WAITED TO
SHOW THE SHOOTING.
WE CRIED ALL THE DAY.
AND I SAID WHAT DID YOU SAY?
AND THEY TOLD ME BECAUSE IT WAS
DISTRESSING FOR THE CHILDREN.
SO I HAD TO -- IN A GENOCIDE,
WHEN YOU WERE SURE YOU WERE NOT
JEW, YOU WERE NOT GYPSY, NOT
GAY, NOT COMMUNIST, SO IT WAS
INTERESTING TO WATCH.
WHEN YOU ARE SAFE, PEOPLE LIKE
TO SEE OTHER PEOPLE BEING
KILLED.
>> YOU ARE TRYING, AMONG OTHER
THINGS, TO GET THE WORLD TO
UNDERSTAND, TO KNOW WHAT
HAPPENED HERE.
ESPECIALLY IN LIGHT OF WHAT'S
HAPPENING AROUND THE WORLD NOW
AND YOU LOOK AT WHAT ISIS IS
DOING.
WHAT IS THE CONNECTION YOU'RE
SEEING AND WHAT IS --
>> THE CONNECTION --
>> THE MESSAGE YOU ARE HOPE --
>> THE CONNECTION FOR THE
KILLING UNITS OF THE GERMAN.
THE BIG QUESTION WE HAVE IS HOW
SO FEW PEOPLE WITH THE HELP OF
THE NEIGHBORS COULD KILL SO MANY
PEOPLE.
YOU KNOW 2 MILLION JEWS HAVE
BEEN SHOT, PLUS THE -- HOW COULD
WE SUCCEED.
WE FOUGHT TRAIN, CAMP, FENCES.
WE ARE READY TO STUDY BECAUSE
TODAY, TODAY THE -- TODAY THERE
IS NO AUSCHWITZ ANYWHERE.
AND TODAY IN MIDDLE EAST, NOW
TODAY WE ARE BACK TO KILL FACE
TO FACE, ONE BY ONE, AND PEOPLE
COME TO SHOOT IN PARIS OR TO
SHOOT IN TOULOUSE OR IN THEIR
OWN COUNTRY, THEY DO IT ONE BY
ONE.
AND I THINK AFTER AUSCHWITZ, THE
MASS KILLERS DECIDED TO STOP
AUSCHWITZ AND SAY, NO, NOW WE
COME BACK KILLING PERSONAL
CRIME.
SO WE HAVE TO STUDY HOLOCAUST BY
BULLETS BECAUSE IT'S -- OF MASS
CRIMES OF TODAY.
>> WHEN YOU MEET UP WITH THESE
PEOPLE WHO ARE NOW OLD AND YOU
TALK ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED IN
THEIR VILLAGE.
OUR EXECUTIVE PRODUCER DAVE
BROWN, HIS GRANDFATHER SURVIVED
THE CAMPS.
CAME BACK TO HIS HOMETOWN IN
POLAND, AND HE WAS PART OF A
GROUP THAT THEY ACTUALLY DUG UP
THE BODIES OF -- CALLED THE
MARTYRS OF THE FOREST, AND THEY
PROVIDED A PROPER BURIAL FOR
THEM.
HE HAS A PICTURE OF THAT.
SO THERE IS A COMMUNITY COMING
BACK TO EMBRACE THEIR OWN
COMMUNITY.
DID THE -- DID YOU FIND WHEN YOU
TALKED TO THESE PEOPLE THAT
THERE WAS ANY GUILT AMONGST THE
ONES WHO WITNESSED THIS?
>> SO I WOULD SAY NO.
THE FIRST THING THEY WANT TO
SPEAK.
THEY WANT TO SPEAK.
THEY KNOW THE POOREST PEOPLE
CARRY THE SECRET OF HOLOCAUST.
AND SO WHY THEY WANT TO SPEAK?
THERE'S A PROVERB.
TO SAY THE WORD IT'S FINISHED
WHEN WE BURY THE LAST VICTIM.
FOR THEM, WHY COME TO FINISH THE
WORK.
>> THEY ARE PAINFUL MEMORIES,
DIFFICULT MEMORIES BUT THEY ARE
MEMORIES THAT WE NEED TO CAPTURE
AND TO HOLD SO THAT HOPEFULLY
THINGS LIKE THIS NEVER HAPPEN
AGAIN.
THANK YOU FOR HELPING TO TELL
THOSE STORIES.
FATHER, IT'S A PLEASURE MEETING
YOU.
TAKE CARE NOW.
>> YOU, TOO.
>>> PUT HIM ON THE PHONE AND LET
YOU TALK TO HIM, OKAY?
>> HELLO.
>> HI.
FRANK.
THIS IS JIMMY HOFFA.
>> YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU'RE
INTO DOWN HERE IN ALABAMA.
GUILTED FROM THE MOMENT THAT
YOU'RE BORN.
>> I WAS BORN READY, MR. SHELBY.
HIT IT.
>> THAT'S JUST A TASTE OF WHAT'S
TO COME AT THIS YEAR'S HAMPTONS
INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL.
TAKING PLACE THIS COLUMBUS DAY
WEEKEND.
YOU CAN EXPECT TO FIND PLENTY OF
FILMS WITH BIG NAMES ATTACHED TO
THEM INCLUDING MATT DAMON,
MARTIN SCORCESE AND BRUCE
SPRINGSTEEN.
ALSO A WIDE SELECTION OF
INDEPENDENT MOVIES AND
DOCUMENTARIES IN THE OFFING.
HERE WITH A PREVIEW OF
HAPPENINGS ON AND OFF THE SCREEN
IS THE FESTIVAL'S ARTISTIC
DIRECTOR DAVID NUGENT.
WELCOME TO THE PROGRAM.
>> THEYS FOR HAVING ME.
>> SO THE HAMPTONS FILM
FESTIVAL.
SO MANY DIFFERENT FILMS TO BE
SEEN HERE.
TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT SOME
OF THE ONES THAT STOOD OUT TO
YOU.
WHAT WERE YOUR FAVORITES?
>> OUR OPENING NIGHT FILM IS
CALLED "JUST MERCY" ABOUT BRIAN
STEVENSON.
I'M REALLY EXCITED ABOUT THAT.
HE'S AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN LAWYER
IN THE '80s WHO MOVES DOWN SOUTH
TO HELP DEFEND SOME PEOPLE WHO
DIDN'T HAVE PROPER
REPRESENTATION ON DEATH ROW.
OUR CLOSING NIGHT FILM IS CALLED
"WAVES" BY TREY EDWARD SCHULTZ.
ANOTHER ONE I'M REALLY EXCITED
ABOUT.
WITH STERLING K. BROWN.
INCREDIBLY MOVING STORY ABOUT A
FAMILY IN FLORIDA.
MARTIN SCORSESE'S "THE IRISHMAN"
WHICH WE'RE THRILLED TO SHARE
WITH OUR AUDIENCES.
WE'VE GOT A LOT OF
DOCUMENTARIES.
A REALLY STRONG SHORTS PROGRAM
THIS YEAR.
WE HAVE A LOT OF FILMS I THINK
PEOPLE ARE GOING TO ENJOY.
>> SPEAKING OF "THE IRISHMAN"
BECAUSE THAT'S GOTTEN A LOT OF
BUZZ.
IS THIS GOING TO BE DEBUTING?
WILL FANS BE ABLE TO MEET ANYONE
WHO HAS INTERACTED WITH THE
FILM, WORKED ON IT?
>> WE'LL HAVE THE PRODUCER AND A
FEW OF THE ACTOR COMES OUT TO
TALK ABOUT THE FILM BEFORE THE
SCREENING.
AND THIS IS ONE OF THE FILMS SO
HIGHLY ANTICIPATED AND PEOPLE
HAVE BEEN WAITING A LONG TIME TO
SEE IT.
AND IT JUST LOOKS SO GREAT ON
THE BIG SCREEN.
I'M REALLY HAPPY PEOPLE GET THE
CHANCE TO FINALLY SEE IT.
>> ONE OF THE BEAUTIFUL THINGS
ABOUT FILM FESTIVALS IS, OF
COURSE, THERE'S THE BIG SCREEN
FILMS AND BIG-NAME ACTORS.
ALSO THE SMALLER PIECES WE WOULD
OTHERWISE MISS.
CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT SOME OF
THE INDIE FILMS AND
DOCUMENTARIES THAT MAY NOT BE
GETTING THE ATTENTION THEY
DESERVE?
>> YEAH, SO "FOR SALMA" IS ABOUT
A REALLY BRAVE GROUP OF PEOPLE
THAT STAYED BEHIND DURING THE
SYRIAN WAR AND WORKED IN A
HOSPITAL THERE.
WE'VE GOT THE SUBJECT OF ONE OF
THE SUBJECTS OF THE FILM AND TWO
CO-DIRECTORS.
AND ALEC BALDWIN, OUR CO-CHAIR
OF THE FESTIVAL, IS GOING TO DO
ONE OF HIS LIVE RECORDINGS OF
HIS PODCAST "HERE'S THE THING"
WITH THE FILMMAKERS AND THE
SUBJECT.
WE HAVE A STRONG LINEUP OF
DOCUMENTARIES.
THAT'S SOMETHING THAT I'M REALLY
PASSIONATE ABOUT AND OUR
FESTIVAL'S PROGRAMMING TEAM IS
PASSIONATE ABOUT.
THAT'S ONE IN PARTICULAR I'M
EXCITED ABOUT.
>> WHAT ABOUT THE INDIE FILMS.
SOMETIMES THOSE ARE WHERE YOU
GET THESE GREAT GEMS AND
BREAKOUT FILMS OR STARS.
>> YEAH, ABSOLUTELY.
WE HAVE A WIDE RANGE OF THOSE AS
WELL.
WE HAVE A LOT OF INTERNATIONAL
FILMS.
ONE OF THE THINGS WE AIM TO DO
IS TO SHOWCASE FILMS FROM AROUND
THE WORLD THAT OTHERWISE DON'T
GET A CHANCE TO BE SEEN OUT
THERE.
WE'RE GOING TO SCREEN "PARASITE"
WHICH WON AT CANNES THIS YEAR.
I'M THINK PEOPLE WILL BE
THRILLED.
>> OF COURSE, FILM FESTIVAL IS
AN OPPORTUNITY FOR SOME OF THE
STARS TO BE HONORED.
I UNDERSTAND THERE ARE TWO VERY
BIG NAMES THAT ARE GOING TO GET
HONORS AT THE FESTIVAL THIS
YEAR?
>> WE'RE HAVING ALFRE WOODARD
COME OUT AND DO ONE OF OUR
CONVERSATIONS WITH.
SHE'S THE STAR OF A FILM CALLED
"CLEMENCY" WHICH WON THE GRAND
JURY PRIZE AT THE SUNDANCE FILM
FESTIVAL EARLIER THIS YEAR.
WE'RE EXCITED TO HEAR FROM HER.
AND WE'RE HONORING BRIAN DE
PALME.
ALEC BALDWIN WILL DO A
CONVERSATION WITH BRIAN DE PALMA
AND WE'LL SCREEN HIS FILM
"BLOWOUT."
>> SO THEN IT'S THE HAMPTONS FOR
COLUMBUS DAY WEEKEND.
FOR PEOPLE WHO PROBABLY MAYBE
WRITE HAMPTONS OFF OF THEIR
VACATION LIST ONCE LABOR DAY
COMES AROUND --
>> THAT TO TIME OF YEAR TO BE
OUT THERE.
>> WHAT IS IT THAT PEOPLE, WHERE
EXACTLY ARE THEY GOING TO BE
GOING AND WHAT SHOULD THEY
EXPECT?
>> WE'RE FROM EAST HAMPTON,
SOUTH HAMPTON, SAG HARBOR, ALL
OVER THE PLACE.
A LOT OF DIFFERENT VENUES WE DO
OUR PROGRAMS AT.
AND IT'S JUST SUCH A NICE TIME
OF YEAR TO BE OUT THERE.
MANY OF OUR SCREENINGS TAKE
PLACE IN EAST HAMPTON, BUT SOUTH
HAMPTON AND SAG HARBOR HAVE A
LOT AS WELL.
AND A LOT OF SCREENINGS IN SOUTH
HAMPTON AS WELL BOUTH AT THE
CINEMA THERE AND THE SOUTH
HAMPTON ART CENTER.
IT'S AN EASY FESTIVAL TO
NAVIGATE.
PEOPLE GET INTIMIDATED BY
FESTIVALS.
BUT LAST YEAR, WE HAD AROUND 150
SCREENINGS, 97% OF THOSE
SCREENINGS WE SOLD RUSH TICKETS
OR THE TICKETS WE SELL 15
MINUTES BEFORE THE FILM STARTS
WHERE WE HAVE SOME EMPTY SEATS.
IT'S GREAT TO PLAN AHEAD.
IF YOU PLAN AHEAD, YOU CAN MAKE
SURE TO GET WHAT YOU WANT TO
SEE.
BUT ALSO JUST SHOWING UP.
WE HOLD A FEW SEATS FOR BADGE
HOLDERS AND THEN WE JUST SELL
THOSE TICKETS 15 MINUTES BEFORE.
TAKE A CHANCE.
YOU DON'T HAVE TO SEE THE FILM
THAT MARTIN SCORSESE MADE,
ALTHOUGH IT'S A HELL OF A FILM
BUT CHECK OUT WHATEVER FILM IS
PLAYING.
WE THINK WE HAVE A STRONG LINEUP
THIS YEAR.
>> I THINK, IF FOR SOMETHING
ELSE, THIS IS YOUR OPPORTUNITY
TO GO TO THE HAMPTONS WITHOUT
RESERVATIONS AND STILL GET IN.
>> THERE YOU GO.
ABSOLUTELY.
>> REASON ENOUGH TO GO.
WELL, THANK YOU.
FOR MORE ON THE HAMPTONS
INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL,
INCLUDING HOW TO GET TICKETS,
HEAD TO OUR WEBSITE AT
METROFOCUS.ORG.
>>> ACCORDING TO THE U.S. BUREAU
OF LABOR, THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE
IN THE UNITED STATES HAS
RECENTLY HIT HISTORICALLY LOW
LEVELS.
WITH THAT ANOTHER BOOM.
THERE ARE ROUGHLY 7.2 MILLION
JOBS AVAILABLE.
BUT WITH SO MANY JOB OPENINGS,
HOW EXACTLY ARE EMPLOYERS
FINDING SKILLFUL WORKERS TO FILL
THESE POSITIONS?
AS PART OF THE "AMERICAN
GRADUATE" GETTING TO WORK
INITIATIVE, PBS NEWS HOUR
WEEKEND ANCHOR HARI SREENIVASAN
SHRINES A LIGHT ON THE
INDIVIDUALS AND ORGANIZATIONS
CONNECTING JOB SEEKERS TO
EMPLOYMENT IN A NEW ONE-HOUR
SPECIAL TITLED "JOURNEY TO
JOBS."
LET'S TAKE A LOOK.
>> UNEMPLOYMENT IS AT HISTORIC
LOWS.
YET IN MANY INDUSTRIES THERE'S A
GROWING DISPARITY BETWEEN OPEN
POSITION AND QUALIFIED WORKERS
TO FILL THEM.
I'M HARI SREENIVASAN.
JOIN US FOR A LOOK AT HOW
ORGANIZATIONS AND INDIVIDUALS
ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE BRIDGING
THE SKILLS GAP CREATING
OPPORTUNITIES FOR JOB SEEKERS
AND BUILDING THE WORKFORCE OF
THE FUTURE.
JOURNEY TO JOBS.
>> AND JOINING ME IS THE
SUPERINTENDENT OF BALDWIN SCHOOL
DISTRICT, DR. SHERRY.
SHE HAS FACILITATED A SIMILAR
PROGRAM ON LONG ISLAND THAT'S
PREPARING STUDENTS FOR LIFE
AFTER GRADUATION.
WELCOME TO THE PROGRAM.
>> THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME.
>> ALL RIGHT.
SO FIRST OFF, LET'S TALK A
LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE PROGRAM
THAT YOU ARE RUNNING FOR YOUR
STUDENTS BECAUSE THIS SOUNDS
REALLY UNIQUE FOR A PUBLIC
SCHOOL.
>> SO WE REALLY BELIEVE THAT WE
HAVE TO DEVELOP PROGRAMS AROUND
OUR STUDENTS.
AND WE TAKE VERY SERIOUSLY THE
NEED TO PREPARE THEM FOR COLLEGE
AND FOR WORK BEYOND COLLEGE.
IN OUR HIGH SCHOOL IN
PARTICULAR, WE HAVE A FULL BLOWN
ACADEMY PROGRAM THAT GIVES OUR
STUDENTS THE EXPERIENCES WE
THINK THEY NEED TO BE ABLE TO
MAKE A DECISION ABOUT THEIR
EXPERIENCES POST HIGH SCHOOL.
SO WE ARE WORKING REALLY DILL
GENTLY AT DEVELOPING THOSE
ACADEMIES BASED ON THE FUTURE OF
WORK.
>> OF COURSE, NOW CAN YOU GIVE
US SOME SPECIFIC EXAMPLES OF
SOME OF THE OPTIONS THE STUDENTS
HAVE?
BECAUSE THIS IS A PRETTY BROAD
RANGE.
THESE KIDS ARE ABLE TO GET THEIR
HANDS IN AND LEARN FROM DOING,
NOT JUST FROM SITTING IN A
CLASSROOM AND BEING TAUGHT.
>> CURRENTLY WE HAVE SIX
ACADEMIES.
AND EVERY ACADEMY IS -- WE LIKE
TO SAY THAT IT'S TRIANGULATED.
SO WE HAVE RIGOROUS COURSE WORK,
COLLEGE LEVEL COURSE WORK IN
EACH ACADEMY.
WE HAVE EXPERIENCES OUTSIDE THE
SCHOOL DAY IN THE FORM OF SHADOW
DAYS AND INTERNSHIPS.
AND WE HAVE COMPETITIONS IN
EVERY ACADEMY THAT ALLOWS OUR
STUDENTS TO APPLY THE SKILLS
THEY ARE LEARNING IN THEIR
ACADEMY CLASSES.
ONE PARTICULAR EXAMPLE WE HAVE A
MEDICAL ACADEMY AND OUR STUDENTS
TAKE COURSES LIKE RADIOOLOGY,
EMT CLASSES WHERE THEY ARE
REALLY LEARNING THE SKILLS TO BE
ANYTHING IN THE MEDICAL
PROFESSION.
THEY SPEND A LOT OF TIME OUTSIDE
SCHOOL IN OUR PARTNERS,
NORTHWELL HEALTH, MERCY
HOSPITAL, FOR EXAMPLE, AND THEN
THEY PARTICIPATE IN SPARK
CHALLENGES THAT APPLY THE SKILLS
THAT THEY ARE LEARNING IN
EVERYDAY EXPERIENCES.
>> AND SO IN ADDITION TO THE
MEDICAL ACADEMY, I ALSO
UNDERSTAND THAT YOU HAVE A
BUSINESS ACADEMY AND THAT SOME
OF THE KIDS HAVE BECOME CEOs OF
THEIR OWN SMALL BUSINESSES.
>> SO WE HAVE ONE PARTICULAR
COURSE IN OUR BUSINESS ACADEMY
THAT'S CALLED VIRTUAL
ENTERPRISE.
IN THAT COURSE, OUR KIDS ARE
ACTUALLY DESIGNING AND
DEVELOPING THEIR -- A FULL-BLOWN
BUSINESS.
THE KIDS ARE CEOs.
THEY ARE CFOs.
THEY HAVE MARKETING DEPARTMENTS.
THEY DEVELOP EVERYTHING IN THE
BUSINESS THAT A REGULAR BUSINESS
WOULD HAVE, INCLUDING MARKETING
MATERIALS, A WEBSITE, PROMO
MATERIALS, A BUSINESS PLAN.
THE TRUTH IS, THOSE BUSINESSES
ARE READY TO GO.
AND ALL WE REALLY NEED IS THE
FORUM TO OPEN THOSE BUSINESS.
TO BE HONEST, COLLEGE GETS IN
THE WAY OF IT BECAUSE OUR KID
GOES ON TO COLLEGE, OTHERWISE
THEY'D HAVE BUSINESSES THEY
COULD START TOMORROW.
>> I WANT TO MAKE A
CLARIFICATION FOREVER PEOPLE WHO
MAY NOT BE FAMILIAR WITH THE
LONG ISLAND COMMUNITY.
WHAT KIND OF A DISTRICT IS
BALDWIN BECAUSE I THINK WHEN
PEOPLE HEAR SOME OF THESE ELITE
PROGRAMS YOU'RE OFFERING THEY'RE
GOING TO ASSUME, WELL, THAT MUST
BE AN ELITE DISTRICT.
TELL ME ABOUT THE MAKEUP OF YOUR
STUDENTS?
>> I'LL SAY WE'RE ELITE IN TERMS
OF PERSONALITY.
THE KIDS IN MY SCHOOL DISTRICT
ARE THE NICEST, MOST RESPECTFUL,
WONDERFUL KIDS YOU'VE EVER MET.
BUT IN TERMS OF THE DEMOGRAPHICS
OF OUR DISTRICT, WE'RE VERY MUCH
A MIDDLE CLASS COMMUNITY.
WE ARE ABOUT 47%
AFRICAN-AMERICAN.
30% HISPANIC.
14% WHITE.
ABOUT 4% OTHER AND 4% ASIAN.
SO WE REALLY DO REPRESENT THE
WORLD AT LARGE.
>> AND SO OFFERING THESE
DIFFERENT ACADEMIES TO THE
STUDENTS, I'M WONDERING, HOW
DOES THAT SHAPE OR CHANGE
PERHAPS WOULD BE THE WORD, THEIR
PERCEPTION OF WHAT IT IS THEY'RE
CAPABLE OF AND PERHAPS GIVE THEM
CLARITY ON WHAT IT IS THEY WANT
TO DO IN THE WORLD?
>> WHAT WE FIND AFTER SPEAKING
WITH OUR STUDENTS IS THAT THEY
LEARN AS MUCH ABOUT WHAT THEY
DON'T WANT TO DO WHEN THEY
GRADUATE --
>> THAT'S VERY IMPORTANT.
>> AS THEY LEARN -- YES, BELIEVE
ME.
AS A MOM OF A DAUGHTER WHO
THOUGHT SHE WAS GOING INTO
MEDICINE WHEN SHE CHANGED HER
MIND HALFWAY INTO HER
UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM, I
CERTAINLY APPRECIATE BEING ABLE
TO MAKE SOME OF THOSE DECISIONS
BEFORE YOU ACTUALLY GO ON TO
COLLEGE.
BUT WE GIVE OUR STUDENTS
EXPERIENCES IN PRE-ACADEMY
STARTING IN GRADE EIGHT BECAUSE
WE FOUND IF THEY GET A CHANCE TO
EXPLORE DIFFERENT ACADEMIES IN
GRADE EIGHT, BY THE TIME THEY
GET TO HIGH SCHOOL AND GRADE
NINE, THEY HAVE A GOOD
UNDERSTANDING, PARTICULARLY OF
WHAT THEY DON'T WANT TO STUDY.
BUT THEY HAVE A MUCH MORE
NARROWED FOCUS ON WHAT THEY
BELIEVE THEIR PATH IS GOING TO
BE.
>> ALL RIGHT.
WELL, I THINK THAT'S AN
EXCELLENT POINT TO LEAVE IT ON.
SOUNDS LIKE AMAZING WORK YOU
GUYS ARE DOING OUT THERE.
WE'D LOVE TO COME AND SEE MORE.
THANK YOU FOR JOINING US.
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