The Journey Behind ‘La Lucha: Getting Schooled in America’ – A Documentary Insight

30 Nov 2023

The Journey Behind ‘La Lucha: Getting Schooled in America’ – A Documentary Insight

By: Rand

At Creative Deviants, we’ve always believed in the power of stories, especially those that shed light on significant, yet often overlooked aspects of society. ‘La Lucha: Getting Schooled in America’ is one such project that holds a special place in our portfolio and hearts. This documentary is not just a film; it’s a journey into the lives of those striving for education and a better life in America.

The Genesis of ‘La Lucha’

The idea for ‘La Lucha’ was born from a simple yet profound realization: education is a universal struggle, but for some, the hurdles are far higher. We wanted to explore this disparity through the lens of those who face it every day. The project began with a series of interviews with students, teachers, and education activists, each bringing a unique perspective to the narrative.

Navigating Challenges

Documentary filmmaking is never easy, and ‘La Lucha’ had its share of challenges. From gaining the trust of our subjects to capturing the raw emotions and realities of their lives, every step required sensitivity and respect. We traveled across various counties of CA, visiting schools and communities, to ensure the authenticity of our story.

The Heart of ‘La Lucha’

At its core, ‘La Lucha’ is about resilience and hope. It showcases the incredible determination of students, many of whom are first-generation Americans, striving to overcome barriers in pursuit of education. The documentary delves into their struggles, dreams, and the relentless spirit that keeps them moving forward.

The Creative Process

Led by Rand Courtney’s visionary direction, ‘La Lucha’ was a collaborative effort. Our team of talented videographers, editors, and sound technicians worked tirelessly to bring this story to life. We employed state-of-the-art digital cinema technology to capture the essence of the narrative visually and audibly.

Impact and Reception

Since its release, ‘La Lucha’ has received critical acclaim, won several awards and has sparked conversations about educational inequalities in America. More than just a documentary, it’s a tool for awareness and change, encouraging viewers to reflect on and engage with the issues it presents.


‘La Lucha: Getting Schooled in America’ stands as a testament to Creative Deviants’ commitment to storytelling that matters. It’s a story that needed to be told, and we are proud to have been the ones to tell it. We invite you to watch ‘La Lucha’ and join us in this ongoing dialogue about education, equity, and the American dream.