A production of the Penn Program on Documentaries & the Law, We Didn’t Come Here to Fight The Struggle for a Safe Education offers a complex and balanced account of the recent violence against Asian immigrant students at South Philadelphia High School and the ensuing civil rights case brought by the U.S. Department of Justice against the School District. It explores the failures of the school’s authorities in dealing with the diverse student body, the support the immigrant students received from some of their black classmates, the background social and economic circumstances that generated the conflict, and the efforts that have been made to improve the climate at Southern, particularly by the new principal Otis Hackney.
This documentary was filmed and directed by members of the Visual Legal Advocacy Seminar, taught by Professor Regina Austin L’73. A central component of the Penn Program on Documentaries and the Law, Austin’s seminar integrates law-genre documentaries into the legal academy by enabling students to produce documentary films on issues of social justice.
“We Didn’t Come Here to Fight”: The Struggle for a Safe Education (Running time 0:25)
Produced, Written, Directed, and Shot by Rebekah Lee L’11, Jane Zenzi Li L’11, Jade Palomino L’11, and Angela Redai L’11
Executive Editor: Irit Reinheimer
Narrated by Pierre Gooding L’11
Additional Narration (December 3rd Violence Montage) by Ryan Crosner L’11, Rebekah Lee L’11, Jane Zenzi Li L’11, Joel Lin L’11, and John Woo L’11
Still Photography by Harvey Finkle