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YOUTH

HUN CHU MARI UDAAN (I AM MY FLIGHT)
A  participatory documentary project celebrating the courage of young women in Gujarat, who have made the decision to return to education after dropping out in primary school. Through a series of digital storytelling workshops, they turn the lens on their own lives. Navigating social expectations of marriage and work,  these young women share their struggles, gifts and determination  to inspire other girls to believe in their dreams. In partnership with Indian NGO Pratham and co-facilitated with Yashaswi Desai.

GROUNDWATER
A collective poem which reveals the personal story behind the labels imposed on us by zip codes and ward numbers. Written by six young people in Washington, DC, this short film explores the layers of their identity through powerful prose and visual metaphor. Co-directed with Amy Hendrick and executive produced by Anu Yadav. Music by Sam McCormally.

DOING IT FOR ME
A youth produced documentary exploring the dropout crisis from a young person’s point of view. “Doing It for Me” offers audiences the opportunity to empathize and engage with the complicated circumstances that lead teens to drop out of school. Produced by Meridian Hill Pictures in partnership with Sitar Arts Center and the National Endowment for the Arts.

BUILDING COMMUNITY
Elementary school students use iPads to explore the diversity of their home and school communities.  Produced by Meridian Hill Pictures in partnership with The Inspired Teaching School.

OPERATUNITIES
Elementary school students explore the impact of opera on their lives. Directed, produced,  filmed and edited by 4th and 5th Graders at the Arts & Technology Academy. Media residency facilitated by Meridian Hill Pictures.

RIDIN PEN
Unfortunately these films are not permitted to be shown outside of the prison
A series of groundbreaking films made by juvenile offenders in the UK, which explore issues of institutionalization, friendship, remorse and life behind bars. Produced by Inside Job Productions.

Ridin Pen film still

Ridin Pen film still

BEHIND THE LABELS
In Edinburgh, a group of young women discover not only that girls their age made their clothes but that they were also manufactured in sweatshops from the very countries that they themselves had migrated from. In protest, they create an alternative to shopping on the high street. After a year’s hard work, they hit the stage showcasing their recycled apparel – old clothes transformed into catwalk chic.