Shot, Directed and Edited by Mara Waldhorn, 2010.
Acclaim for Bienvenido:
"BIENVENIDO! tracks its namesake, Bienvenido Anderson, from his last day of seventh grade, when he fails all his classes, through summer school to his first day of 8th grade, where he is unlikely to do much better.
It is a portrait of one charismatic young man, his loving family, the teachers who want him to succeed, and the terrible match between the current education system and adolescent boys' exuberance.
"Bouncing! Learn by bouncing!" That's the ideal school, as envisioned by Bienvenido. "Every time you bounce, you learn something!" He wants to be a lawyer. Or a baseball player.
Mara taught in Bienvenido's school in Washington Heights a a member of Teach for America, then came to us to use documentary filmmaking to fashion critiques of the education system and how it's failing its students, especially adolescent boys."
-- B. Ruby Rich, Film Critic