Film poster for "Hungry to Learn" with man reaching for canned food in pantry.
Film poster for "Hungry to Learn" with man reaching for canned food in pantry.


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Education & Educational Equity • Sociology • Higher Education Studies • American Studies • Economics, Labor & Poverty Studies • Ethnic Studies

 Date of Completion: 2019 | Run Time: 85 minutes​​ | Language: English | Captions: Yes | Includes: Transcript Director: Geeta Gandbhir | Producers: Soledad O'Brien & Rose Arce

HUNGRY TO LEARN introduces the faces behind an American crisis  college students so strapped to pay tuition that they don’t have enough money to eat or a place to live. A lack of food is just a symptom of a bigger problem, the American Dream of a college education slipping out of reach. It is the story of how colleges, once places for children of privilege, opened their doors to students of limited means but failed to provide enough financial aid to allow these new students to graduate without making painful choices. This documentary is not just about the devastating hunger crisis unfolding on American campuses, it is about what can  and should  be done about it.

Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab | Professor of Higher Education Policy & Sociology at Temple University | Founding Director of the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice
“There’s a crisis on college campuses and most students, staff, and faculty are unaware. Hungry to Learn is an informative, engaging wake-up call.”

Educational Media Reviews Online | Alex Harrington, Access Services & Instruction Librarian, Harrell Health Sciences Library, Penn State University
Highly Recommended Hungry to Learn highlights a problem that too many people don’t see, even though it is right in front of all of us who work in higher education: hunger among college students ... This film demonstrates (in its own words) that 'the adage of the starving college student is no longer just an adage,' but it ends on a high note, focusing on the efforts of individuals and groups working to make a difference at various levels, from volunteering in a food bank, to providing scholarships to those in need, to advocating for meaningful policy change.

The Daily Beast Lloyd Grove, Editor At Large
"Hungry to Learn tracks the struggles of four college students from families that can’t help them financially as they try to meet their academic obligations while taking onerous loans and working at off-campus jobs—frequently facing the cruel choice of either eating or paying their semester fees...It’s the sort of in-depth journalism that O’Brien wishes were more the norm than the exception in the Age of Trump."

Tamron Hall Show | ABC
“This is across the board. This is not white, black, Latino… this is everybody…”

NY Daily News
"When you need college to get out of poverty, how do you do it with all these life challenges trying to suck you under every day?”

PIX11 News Betty Nguyen
"This is powerful."

AOL Build Series | Ricky Camilleri
"A necessary, important documentary about a story that I don't think a lot of people know about. We know that 40 million people are homeless in this country. We never talk about what those homeless people are trying to do with their lives. Some are trying to get a college degree."

The Golden Mean Podcast | Michael Golden
"I loved it...It broke my heart and inspired me at the same time. I don't know how you can do better with a documentary."

Official Selection | DOC NYC
Official Selection | SXSW EDU
Official Selection | Garden State Film Festival
Official Selection ACT Human Rights Film Festival
Official Selection | Richmond International Film Festival

Rose Arce is a three-time Emmy Award-winning journalist who has been a producer on 13 documentaries, including Her Name Was Steven, Gary and Tony Have a BabyRescued and the Black in America and Latino in America series. She spent 15 years at CNN reporting documentaries and covering breaking news around the world, including the earthquake in Haiti and the war in Afghanistan. Previously she had been a producer at CBS News and WCBS, where she was honored for her investigative reports on abortion and policing. She began her career as a print reporter, covering police and education for the NY Daily News. Her most recent print reporting assignment was at New York Newsday where she shared the Pulitzer Prize for spot news reporting with her colleagues. She is a graduate of Barnard College.