Equality & Discrimination
A Girl Like Me
Do different standards of beauty impact the ideas and self-image of young black woman? A young filmmaker discovers the impact of racism on the lives of young black teens and realizes that very little has changed since the Civil Rights era.
After September 11, 2001 the War on Terror started and with it the face of terror changed. Tibian Ahmed is a muslim girl who has had to deal with people thinking ill of her because of a group of radical terrorist that she has no relationship to. Just like many people of her religion in America, she faces those who would call her a terrorist instead of a person.
What is home to a young Palestinian American? When his homeland can’t be found on a map and Americans are suspicious of Arabs and ignorant of their culture, the answer for a young man can be heartbreaking.
Keep Calm, Speak Out, Rise Up
Getting bullied in school is always painful, but Cheyenne endured the cruelty of her classmates by relying on the love of those who know her best, family and friends.
Mentor: Cristian Rossel
Life Under Construction
Karim hoped that moving to the US would solve all his problems. He soon discovered that changing one’s location isn’t the solution; it’s about staying true to yourself, maintaining a desire to learn and develop, and believing that things can always get better.
Man In My Closet
Jawaun confronts the fears he faces, for being a young black male.
Minds in the Closet
Justice grew up in the predominantly Caribbean neighborhood of East Flatbush. He noticed an overwhelming sense of homophobia in his community and journeyed out to find the reason why.
Emily Batista was born with a rare skin disorder that caused her to grow up experiencing bullying, shame and profound depression. Surrounded by love from her family, and friends she has been able to turn that pain into strength – as she shares with us what it’s like to live in her own skin.
A word of hate or term of endearment? Like many young African American teens, Jermaine used the word every day. Then, in the summer of 2003, he traveled down south and met people for whom nigger will never be just another word.
Playing with the other Tigers
“Playing with the Other Tiger” is the story of two friends, one who is Muslim and one who is half-Jewish, who stayed friends because they never realized that they were different from one another. Through conversations with the two friends the film explores how these two friends stayed friends even after everything that happened in the world.
Shahalam and I
People don’t get autism. The media portrays autistic people as slow and “special,” but Kamilah knows different. She shares her brother’s goals and dreams to help people understand that he isn’t so different from other kids his age.
Whats in a word? If the word is bitch there is the power to hurt and demean women.
Filmmaker Noami Lynch explores how one word can affect people and how she learned to reclaim it for herself and use it for her own empowerment.
Stop And Frisk: The Conversation
A conversation about Stop and Frisk that poses the question: is there any good that comes out of this polarizing policy?
The Color of Love
Do we still see race before anything else? A young woman explores the concept of miscegenation and if people still consider it a crime in this modern time.
The New Americans
A short film about immigration issues in America.
Coming to the realization that you are gay can be difficult for a young man or, but allowing yourself to live an open life style is harder still. This film looks at one young man’s story as he decides how to live his life both privately and publicly.
Mentor: Lam Vo
Trio from the Industrial Elite
An exploration of the inhumane practices of three major industries. What if the victims looked and sounded a bit more like us? Would we better understand their pain? Would we want to do more to help?