Personal Statement


Friday, Nov. 9 at 7:30pm
The Gathering

Karoline, Christine, and Enoch are Brooklyn high-school students who are determined to get their entire senior class to college, even though they aren't sure they’re going to make it there themselves. “Personal Statement” follows this inspirational trio through their senior year as they work tirelessly as peer counselors, offering the only support many of their friends have in navigating the daunting college-application process. As they work to realize better futures for themselves and their classmates, the three students struggle and stumble, but they refuse to succumb to the sobering barriers that prevent so many low-income students from going to and graduating from college. “Personal Statement” illustrates the power that already exists within historically marginalized communities to address problems of inequality.

87 min.
English & Spanish

Directed by

Juliane Dressner & Edwin Martinez



Film Category

Leon & Mary Strauss Documentary Spotlight Race in America: The Black Experience Spanish-Language Focus Spotlight on Inspiration Documentary Competition Women in Film Spotlight


Class Issues Education Latino LGBTQ School Youth
With co-director Dressner and subject Karoline Jimenez.

Film Website

Official Website