37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL Oct 30-Nov 3, 2024

37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL October 30-November 3, 2024

Try Harder!

Try Harder FINAL (1) Play Button

Preceded by the short film In the Shadow of the Pines.

The students at San Francisco’s predominantly Asian-American Lowell High School are high achievers. As one of the top high schools in the country, students from all around San Francisco are pulled into a deeply competitive environment. Over the course of the film, we follow seniors through the school as they try to impress admissions officers from elite universities with their stellar transcripts and even more charming personalities. Try Harder! is a portrait of  students as they navigate the current education system while coming into their own.

Presented by United Way of Greater Charlottesville

Supported by UVA Division for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

This film is part of the Women in Film and American Perspectives series.


Thursday, October 28


6:30 PM


Violet Crown 6 & 7

Film Info

Director: Debbie Lum

Runtime: 85 min.

Genre: Documentaries

Year: 2021

Country: USA

Language: English

Featuring: Alvan Cai, Shea Fairchild, Sophia Wu.