HRWIFF: Youth Producing Change Shorts Program

HRWIFF: Youth Producing Change Shorts Program

2009, 72 Minute Running Time
Language: Various languages

The Denver Film Society & Flobots.org invite you to an evening of inspiring short films in which young filmmakers across the globe turn a camera on their own lives. Armed with digital cameras and their own boundless creativity – these young people bravely expose human rights issues faced by themselves and their communities. For example, meet Sako, a 13 year old boy who works in a gravestone factory in order to support his family. Or, Liela, the only daughter of poor farmers who decide to exchange her for one bag of millet to feed the rest of their family.

Following the short film program, a panel of Denver teenagers participating in Colorado Youth at Risk’s mentoring programs at Manual High School will reflect on the films and share their own stories of the human rights issues about which they care most.

Join us throughout the Starz FilmCenter for a trade show of Denver organizations working to give Denver’s youth a voice.

Reception & party afterwards

Leila (Burkina Faso, 2007, 4 min) This enchantingly rendered animated short tells the story of Liela, an only daughter of poor farmers who decide to exchange her for one bag of millet to feed the rest of their family. The story focuses on the lives of children that are sold into servitude.

Mozambique (US/Mozambique, 2008, 12 min) Alcides, who recently lost both parents to HIV/AIDS, documents the community impact of the epidemic. His story focuses on the realities for children left to fend for themselves; their resilience to recreate family and to persevere.

Thoughts In A Hijab (US, 2008, 7 min) A young woman who recently emigrated from Iran, and her choice to continue wearing the hijab (Islamic head covering) that once symbolized oppression for her family.

Noè’s Story (US, 2008, 5m). Noè, 15, a recent immigrant to the US, explores his identity in his new country. Driven to succeed despite obstacles he faces, he challenges other new immigrants not to give up hope.

What Courage Means to Me (US/Tibet, 2008, 4 min) Inspired by the courageous story of a Tibetan nun and former political prisoner who escaped Tibet, Lungsang resolves to keep Tibetan culture alive for the next generation.

Aquafinito (US, 2009, 10 min) Access to clean water is a basic human necessity, yet corporations seeking profit are purchasing community water supplies around the world. Aquafinito raises awareness of the human rights and environmental impact of bottled water.

It’s Not About Sex (US, 2009, 8 min) Shocked by the claim that more than half of all rapes happen to people under 18, young filmmakers search for the roots of sexual violence and call for change.

Just a Normal Day (UK, 2008, 5 min) The grim reality of life for young people in London who are targets of arbitrary "stop and search" and maltreatment by police.

Sako (Armenia, 2005, 5min) Meet Sako, a 13 year old boy who works in a gravestone factory in order to support his family. Sako speaks about his daily life, and his dreams of going to school.

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