In 2013, a 77 minute version of the film had successful preview screenings in Beijing and London, and was an official selection for the Sheffield Doc/Fest Videotheque.
In 2014, a new 1 hour version of the film was screened by the Department of Education in DC to launch International Study Week.
The film will premiere on the DC PBS station WHUT on 25th September 2015.
Jeffrey graduated in 2015 with a double major in Global Affairs and Chinese from the Honors College at George Mason University. He was awarded a David L. Boren Scholarship to spend his junior year studying in Harbin, China and was part of a delegation of US students who met the First Lady, Michelle Obama, in Beijing in spring of 2014.
Jeffrey has been awarded the prestigious Thomas Pickering Fellowship to attend the graduate program at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He will spend the first year of his studies in Nanjing, China.
Juanique graduated in 2014 from North Carolina Central University where she majored in Public Administration with a minor in Chinese via a sister program at Duke University.
Juanique’s experience teaching at the Dandelion School remains a strong influence and she spent a year teaching at a high school in Hangzhou, China, as part of her masters program in International Studies at Concordia University.
Peter persisted in trying to find a way back to college. Over the past few years, he worked as a waiter and as a concierge for a luxury apartment building while he explored various different ways to fund his college education. At one point, he looked at joining the US air force as a cryptologist and to keep up his Chinese language skills, he returned to China in 2014 as a counsellor for the APSA study program.
The good news is that finally Peter’s perseverance seems to have paid off and he’s been accepted into the Honors College at George Mason University (where Jeffrey studied as an undergraduate). He needs help to fund his college studies and we will be posting here details of his Go Fund Me page when it is active.
Royelle is happy in South East DC as a mother to her baby Ahmed. Before she got pregnant, she was studying Early Childhood Education at University of District of Columbia and had plans for starting her own daycare center in her home neighborhood in DC. Latest news from Royelle is that, while being a mother is taking priority at the moment, she is keeping up with her studies by attending University of DC part-time and is still determined to graduate and eventually open her own childcare centre in her home neighbourhood.