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Learning America traces the story of how Mufleh grew a group of kids into a soccer team and then into a nationally acclaimed network of schools for refugee children. The journey is inspiring and hard-won: Fugees schools accept only those most in need; no student passes a grade without earning it; the failure of any student is the responsibility of all. Soccer as a part of every school day is a powerful catalyst to heal trauma, create belonging, and accelerate learning. Finally, this gifted storyteller delivers provocative, indelible portraits of student after student making leaps in learning that aren’t supposed to be possible for children born into trauma--stories that shine powerful light on the path to educational justice for all of America’s most left-behind.
Luma Mufleh is the founder of Fugees Family, with schools now in Georgia and Ohio and an expanding footprint bringing educational equity to refugee resettlement communities across America. Her TED Talk on educational justice for refugee families was viewed more than 1.7 million times.
Mufleh will be in conversation with Kathleen Kennedy, recipient of the Academy’s prestigious 2018 Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award, the Producers Guild of America Milestone Award, and an eight-time Academy Award®-nominee, Kathleen Kennedy is one of the most successful and respected producers in the film industry today. As President of Lucasfilm, she oversees the company’s three divisions: Lucasfilm, Industrial Light & Magic and Skywalker Sound. She is the producer of a number of Star Wars films, including Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which broke the record for the biggest domestic opening of all time that year, and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the number one grossing movie in 2016. Kennedy is currently executive producer of the Emmy Award-winning The Mandalorian as well as The Book of Boba Fett, which both debuted on Disney+ in 2019 and 2021, respectively. Kennedy also serves as aproducer on all of Lucasfilm’s live action titles in production, including Indiana Jones, Willow, Andor, Obi-Wan Kenobi and more. Kennedy has produced or executive produced more than 70 feature films, which have collectively garnered 120 Academy Award nominations and 25 wins. Aside from her executive and producer roles, she was one of the founding Council Members of Hollywood Commission to Eliminate Sexual Harassment andAdvance Equality and is currently on the board of the LA Promise Fund, Library of America, and USC’s School of Cinematic Arts.