Award-Winning Documentary “Can We All Get Along? The Segregation of John Muir


Vintage photograph of John Muir students. [PBS SoCal]

PBS SoCal and KCET announced Wednesday the broadcast premiere of a recent documentary “Can We All Get Along? The Segregation of John Muir High School.”

The documentary follows Pasadena’s John Muir High School alumnus and filmmaker Pablo Miralles who returns to his formerly integrated school discovering things have changed since he graduated in 1982, and reflects on whether or not to send his own son to the school.

“Can We Get Along?” premieres Thurs., Sept. 8 at 8:30 p.m. on PBS SoCal and Wed., Sept. 14 at 8 p.m. on KCET.

Weaving stories from alumni, administrators, and civic leaders of John Muir High School’s multi-cultural community, the documentary features interviews with former Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard, former Pasadena Unified Superintendent Ramon Cortines, filmmaker Renee Tajima-Peña and others to illustrate the complex history of Pasadena’s schools and the 1970 court order that created the first Federal desegregation plan outside of the south.

Produced by Arroyo Seco Films, the documentary “Can We All Get Along?” was honored with accolades as an official selection of New York’s New Filmmakers Festival, a Semi-Finalist in the DUMBO Film Festival, a nomination for Best Documentary Short by the Burbank International Film Festival and additional honors from the Telly Awards, the IndieFest Film Awards, Accolade Global Film Competition, the Toronto Lift-Off Film Festival and more.

Writer, director and producer Pablo Miralles describes himself as a “proud graduate” of John Muir High School (Class of ’82). He has over 30 years of experience in the visual communications field.

He received his BA from Sonoma State University and his MFA from the UCLA Graduate Film Program, where he won both the UCLA “Spotlight” and MPAA “Student Filmmaker” awards.

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