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Stand-By Generation, The
Juan Carlos Davila
20 minutes
Puerto Rico
English subtitles

Stand-By Generation, The

Shot in Puerto Rico, THE STAND-BY GENERATION explores the challenges of young workers seeking secure and stable jobs. The majority of the jobs offered to the new generation of workers in Puerto Rico are precarious. This documentary follows the lives of young people caught in the ‘precariat’ world of part-time and temporary under-employment devoid of security. This new generation of university graduates is choosing to stay in Puerto Rico despite its ongoing financial crisis, but they are forced to struggle to survive by any means necessary as their aspirations are placed on standby.
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"In 2006, Puerto Rico suffered an economic crisis more severe than any in the country's history, adding up to a national debt estimated at 73 billion dollars in 2016. This has created a bleak situation for the titular "stand-by" generation, many of whom-- despite a college education and advanced degrees--have put their dreams on hold. This brief documentary offers a glimpse into the lives of two affected young people who are trying to find their way despite hardships." - C. Block, Video Librarian Magazine

• Best Short Film, Fine Arts International Film Festival, San Juan, PR
• Carmel International Film Festival
• Havana Film Festival
• Workers United! Film Festival
• International Puerto Rican Heritage Film Festival
• Muestra Latinoamérica en Nosotr@s, San Juan

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