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National Geographic Announces Premiere Date for ‘Own the Room’ Documentary

It’s true – Disney+ will exclusively debut the first showing of National Geographic’s “Own the Room” on March 12th.

The feature film accompanies five young student entrepreneurs from around the world on their pioneering ventures to win a competition after undertaking their own business. From just ideas, the top students are on the verge of turning their dreams into a reality. Proving their resilience, each student will pursue universal attention and a $100,000 grand prize. The new documentary was created by the filmmakers behind Science Fair. National Geographic released the official trailer last week.

You can view the trailer here:

The film takes place in Macau, China, where the business contenders compete for the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards. Each candidate represents their country and takes viewers on their journey of faced hardships. The many trials and tribulations of becoming an entrepreneur both serve to educate future entrepreneurs with a dream and highlight those who must be willing to dedicate the time and effort.

Bayamon, Puerto Rico – Alondra Toledo working at her family’s bakery. (Credit: Future of Work Film Inc)

The five main characters starring in the program are Santosh, Alondra, Henry, Jason, and Daniela. Santosh is from a small farming town in Nepal; Alondra works at her family’s bakery in Puerto Rico; Henry is a programming genius from Nairobi; Jason is an adept marketer from Greece; and Daniela, is an immigrant fleeing the crisis in Venezuela, is taking on the chemical industry from her lab at NYU.

“Given the difficult time our world is facing, this enthusiastic and determined group of young entrepreneurs are a ray of hope for a better, brighter future,” said co-directors Costantini and Foster. “We are excited to be working alongside National Geographic again and cannot imagine a more perfect platform than Disney+ to share these incredible stories and inspire children and adults alike to make a positive impact on our world.”

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Jeanie Rodriguez

Jeanie Rodriguez is a native San Fernando Valley student journalist at California State University, Northridge. The experienced broadcaster has a passion for storytelling. Her work has been featured on KCSN News and the public affairs program, “On Point,” seen on LA36. Jeanie founded, “Her Virtues” blog, and on the “Karma’s Calling” podcast talks with survivors of domestic violence. She also wants to cover hard news, politics, sports, and entertainment on her journey to becoming a news anchor and author.

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