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Maryland Film Festival 2011 opens tomorrow, and among the many documentaries screening are two honing in on fascinating stories within the Baltimore school system.

Imelda director Ramona Diaz’s THE LEARNING documents a year in the lives of four Filipino women recruited to work as teachers in the Baltimore school system; Richard Chisolm’s CAFETERIA MAN follows Tony Geraci as he attempts to revamp Baltimore’s school lunch program with an emphasis on fresh, healthy, local, and even student-grown ingredients.

All of MFF’s 2011 features are now announced, including Closing Night (Sing Your Song, with Harry Belafonte attending!), Palme d’Or winner UNCLE BOONMEE, John Waters presenting DOMAINE, Kelly Reichardt’s MEEK’S CUTOFF, and Opening Night Shorts hosted by Ann Hornaday.

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