12th Annual Youth Diversity Film Festival

The 12th Annual Youth Diversity Film Festival for Middle and High School students is presented by Billie J. Green, Director of the BHERC Youth Diversity Film Festival. These aspiring young filmmakers study their craft at organizations and schools across the globe.

BHERC is proud to spotlight shorts created by diverse youth. These film screenings and panel dialogues are an opportunity for emerging young directors to showcase their skills, talent and vision, while giving the audience a chance to view and discuss the artistry, passion and sacrifice involved in the independent film making process.

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Films

All films are viewable anytime from Saturday, January 15th at 10:00 am PST/1:00pm EST until Sunday, January 30th at 11:59pm PST. 

Events

All festival panels are free! Please register for all events below.

 

1987

Worlds collide when polar opposites, Friday and Debbie, fall head over heels for one another. The only issue is it's 1987. Follow the characters in a tale about identity, adversity, and romance. Filmmaker age: 17

Rating18
Duration12m58s
DirectorIsabella Kerrigan
WriterIsabella Kerrigan
ProducerIsabella Kerrigan
Starring Frances Lake, Tabitha Kenworthy, Mikaela Tonnison, Eliza Turner

AGAINST REGIME

The Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia is declared. Karel Alois Brodský, a young and influential student writer, suspects the bad times that are taking place in Czechoslovakia. He knows it's time to run. He confides the escape to his friends, but one of them disagrees with his plans. Karel provides all the necessary documents and leaves for the border of Petrovice. However, he is amazed because no one in the city is waiting for him. It is only from the locals that he is told that the family with whom he was to be accommodated and who were to ensure his crossing the border was abducted by the Gestapo. So he will try to escape across the borders on his own. However, he is caught before he can cross. During the interrogation, Karel figures out that his own good friend has betrayed him out of fear. Filmmaker age: 16

RatingPG-13
Duration16m29s
DirectorMatěj Macháček, Vilém Neumann
WriterMatěj Macháček, Vilém Neumann
ProducerMatěj Macháček, Vilém Neumann
Starring Albert Neumann, Adam Hotový, Žaneta Zemancová

April 12

Mel flies with the rhythm of the wind. She is a passionate girl who will leave behind everything she loves most, from people to places, taking with her only her memories. Filmmaker age: 18

RatingPG-13
Duration9m56s
DirectorCarolina Pinto
WriterCarolina Pinto
ProducerCarolina Pinto, Escola Artística de Soares dos Reis
Starring Ana Pereira, Rosária Guedes, Sofia Tavares

Alone

Three brief excerpts tie together with a common theme; the solitude one faces in this vast world we live in. Filmmaker age: 19

RatingPG-13
Duration6m32s
DirectorSebastian Brito
WriterCharles Bukowski
Starring Raston Rodney

A Slice of Life

An animated look at a family's growth over a generation.

RatingG
Duration1m06s
DirectorMax D'Aniello, Mattie Kueter, Gray Tracey

Behind My Happy Face

Teen depression is very common and yet it still carries a stigma. In this documentary, several youth share how environmental factors including school, immigration, and the pandemic, contributed to their depression. This film also explores treatments and access to mental healthcare. Ultimately, we want other teens to know that depression is not weakness and that we need each other more than we think. This film was created by students in Educational Video Center's Youth Documentary Workshop in the Spring of 2021.

RatingPG-13
Duration25m11s
DirectorMarina Ali, Kehinde Awofeso, Taiye Awofeso, Dillan Azanza, Ashley Marie Garcia, Fiona Noumbi, Jhoren P., Eva Traore, Ashley Woolcock, Cristian Jimenez

Beautiful Mind

The story is about a bald woman. A woman who is dissatisfied with herself and does not consider herself beautiful and always has a question in her mind that she has never answered. Am I beautiful? The woman is stuck when she has hair and is dissatisfied with herself and seeks to hide her true self under old photos and wigs. Filmmaker age: 18

RatingPG-13
Duration13m25s
DirectorMohamad Ghaderi
WriterMohamad Ghaderi
Starring nilofar nazari

Black Girls

Through a short poem of affirmation, a young African American girl candidly reflects on the power of black girls and their beauty, while encouraging empowerment and dedication to be successful. Filmmaker age: 13

RatingG
Duration1m31s
DirectorKerrington Daniels
WriterKerrington Daniels
ProducerKerrington Daniels
Starring Kerrington Daniels

Broken Vases

A teen enters an art competition. Filmmaker age: 18

RatingG
Duration4m14s
DirectorKerry Lum

Complimenting Cowboys

Complimenting Cowboys is a fun film about two cowboys who take a different route when it comes to dealing with an argument. Filmmaker age: 14

RatingPG
Duration3m05s
DirectorOlive Read
WriterOlive Read
Starring Isla Read, Olive Read

Crystal Child

A snake crawls on the stone floor and becomes one with a sleeping child. The Crystal Child throws itself from the tower and flies away. A tree in the middle of nowhere. Also with her the child becomes one. Filmmaker age: 18

RatingPG-13
Duration2m40s
DirectorLeonor Gonçalves
WriterLeonor Gonçalves
ProducerLeonor Gonçalves, Escola Artística de Soares dos Reis

DARK WOMAN

TANNED SKIN GIRL WHO LOVED TO BE A MODELLER BUT BY HER SKIN COLOUR SHE MAY REJECTED BY EVERY MODELING CONTEST,BY A LUCKY MAN SHE SHOWED UP A BEST WORLD TANNED SKIN MODELLAR IN MALAYSIA AND SHE OWNED A OWN MODELING COMPANY.

RatingPG-13
Duration6m00s
DirectorSIVABALAN BALA MURUGAN
WriterSIVABALAN BALA MURUGAN
ProducerSIVABALAN BALA MURUGAN
Starring Ram, Kanaga, Purusothman

Everlasting Arms

After witnessing the murder of his best friend, Kamari, Jordan arranges a protest to emphasize the need to end gun violence.

RatingPG-13
Duration11m51s
DirectorTaylor Robinson
WriterMaurice Hall
ProducerDarnice Wright
Starring Raymello Brandon, Donovan Lowery

Frontal

Frontal is about a young man named Matais who suffers from schizophrenia and kidnaps his girlfriend. We then get to see the personalities inside his mind and how they assess and help him handle the current predicament he's gotten himself into. Filmmaker age: 16

RatingPG-13
Duration2m31s
DirectorJameela Grace Ayoub
WriterJameela Grace Ayoub, Maya Ohemaa Ray
ProducerJameela Grace Ayoub, Maya Ohemaa Ray
Starring Myniya Destiny Hudson, Garren Alan Linton, Jaylin Irick, Jameela Grace Ayoub

EXAMS

It is a story about exams, stress, and nightmares. Filmmaker age: 19

RatingPG-13
Duration4m22s
DirectorOM PARAB
WriterOM PARAB
ProducerOM PARAB
Starring SAHIL CHIVATE

Fan Letter

A grandmother finds herself lonely when her family, friends, and spouse pass. One day, she is motivated by some kind words from a foreign actor on TV. Filmmaker age: 19

RatingPG
Duration17m32s
DirectorOh Jun Gi
WriterOh Jun Gi
ProducerLee Su Jin
Starring Jeong Gyeong Im, Lee hye jun

GALACTA RAIDER

By finding the past, he discovers the road to the future. Filmmaker age: 18

RatingPG-13
Duration13m15s
DirectorAlexander Eberhage
WriterAlexander Eberhage
ProducerAlexander Eberhage
Starring Alexander Eberhage, Mark G.E.

Gentrification Report: A Bronx Story

This youth-produced documentary takes a close look at how gentrification has reshaped the urban context of New York City with a focus on the Bronx. The film explores how young people view gentrification and delves into the political and economic forces that create and perpetuate geographic and urban inequities.

RatingPG-13
Duration26m21s
DirectorBrice (Sage) Allen, Shelby (Shelbs) Brown, Giovonnie (G, Gio) Clemmons, Arpan Das, Leslie Diaz Lopez, Elgin (Gino) Finney, Takiyah Laroche, Rossy (Iliana) Minyetty, Vissica (Vee) Quinones, Isiah (Zay) Tello, Yili Yu
ProducerRachel Brown, Ambreen Qureshi, Mariela Roa, Jeremiah Thompson

Guns and Stuff

What would you do if you found out the plans of an undercover detective? What if that detective was from Wakanda? Alexander, a 14-year-old African American foster teen, runs away in search of a new life. What seemed like a good start at first quickly unfolds into a series of unexpected events. Events that you would’ve never guessed would happen. Tangzi, an undercover Wakanda detective, is sent to retrieve stolen vibranium from a hardcore gang. As prepared as he was for his mission, he would’ve never guessed a foster teen would be interfering with his plans of success. But, stressed out and not knowing what to do, Tangzi needs to find out how to resolve the situation. Or it will cost him his job. Maybe even his life. Filmmaker age: 14

RatingPG-13
Duration10m37s
DirectorAlexander McDaniel
WriterAlexander McDaniel
ProducerLindsay Hopper, Kelly Tighe
Executive ProducerAlexander McDaniel, Sharon McDaniel
Starring Alexander McDaniel, Johnny Crown, Ed Nathan Mecate, Gian Pettus

Home sweet home

How far should a man go to protect his family?

RatingR
Duration12m57s
DirectorRukshesha Edirisinghe
WriterNalin De Mel
ProducerMilinda Jayasinghe
Starring Hasanka vimukthi, Shenya wijerathne, Randula perera, Rukshesha Edirisinge, Chathuranga s Geethika

Ice Cubes

Ice cubes embark on an unexpected journey. Filmmaker age: 17

RatingG
Duration2m18s
DirectorAarian Dhanani

I Miss You So Much…

A little girl is escaping from a monster while remembering the memories of her younger brother. Can she escape from it...or accept it? Filmmaker age: 18

RatingPG-13
Duration2m35s
DirectorMiranda Aydé Espinoza
WriterMiranda Aydé Espinoza
ProducerMiranda Aydé Espinoza
Starring Mía Argentina Espinoza, Miranda Aydé Espinoza

Indistinguishable

A is an autistic young adult. When faced with a person "stimming" in a park, she recalls the moments of her adolescence when she was submitted to a therapy that repressed these behaviors. Filmmaker age: 18

RatingPG
Duration2m55s
DirectorBeatriz Pereira
WriterBeatriz Pereira
ProducerBeatriz Pereira, Escola Artística de Soares dos Reis

Jennifer

A young woman hastily to deal with family and social struggles. Filmmaker age: 17

Rating18
Duration19m27s
DirectorRoberto Quezada Galindo
WriterRoberto Quezada Galindo
ProducerEmilio Plata Castrejón
Starring Valeria Sanroman Garcia, Sofia Medrano

Jinxed

Two sisters, Ava and Ellie, get a surprise package in the mail: an old toy dog. The toy jinxes the girls and they try to continue through their school day. The whole day they have nothing but bad luck. When Ava and Ellie get home, they destroy the toy dog.

RatingPG-13
Duration3m32s
DirectorJaylyn Hazel Irene Taylor
WriterJaylyn Hazel Irene Taylor
ProducerJaylyn Hazel Irene Taylor
Starring Morgen Jean Grossett, Jaelynn daniel Blakely

Kāhuli

Kāhuli (Beloved Hawaiian Land & Tree Snails), once adorned native Hawaiian forests abundantly. Over 750 species were documented through chants and folklore. Legends proclaim these tiny jewels would whistle, trill and chirp. Today less than 40 species survive.

RatingG
Duration3m02s
DirectorPhoenix Maimiti Valentine
WriterPhoenix Maimiti Valentine
ProducerPhoenix Maimiti Valentine

Laephlexa

Luna helps her brother Oli navigate as he struggles to control his usage of a new pill called "Laeplexa" which has the ability to delete selected memories.

RatingPG-13
Duration8m37s
DirectorMadeleine Case
WriterMadeleine Case
ProducerGrace Rynerson
Starring Fox Ashwood, Olivia Diaz

Lament

A young man laments the loss off his brother who mysteriously disappeared eight months ago. The only hope he has is a coin his brother gave him the night before he disappeared.

RatingPG-13
Duration4m14s
DirectorNaumaan Akram Khan
WriterNaumaan Akram Khan
ProducerNaumaan Akram Khan
Starring Naumaan Akram Khan

Mask On

A music video and original song by young students about life during Covid and social unrest.

RatingPG
Duration1m43s
DirectorKevin Guzman, Zayden Yancey, Semaj Staton, Chianti Ross, Luis Sanchez

Night Ride

A young woman's night walk as she tries to deal with her father's death. Filmmaker age: Filmmaker age: 18

RatingPG
Duration3m57s
DirectorMayara Freire Louzada
ProducerMayara Freire Louzada, Escola Artística de Soares dos Reis

Nobody neighborhood

Two boys are in an unfamiliar neighborhood when they realize they are disappearing and have to find a way to get out of the neighborhood.

RatingPG
Duration2m14s
DirectorKeona Yamagata
WriterKeona Yamagata
ProducerJackson Willis
Starring Jackson Willis, Keona Yamagata

No More Parties

This film is about a boy that is faced with a tough decision whether he should to go to a party or finish his homework, and he is greeted by 2 unexpected guest to help him make his decision. Filmmaker age: 17

RatingPG-13
Duration4m04s
DirectorDion Denis Johnson
WriterDion Denis Johnson
ProducerDion Denis Johnson
Starring Dion Denis Johnson

Note

A depressed teen struggles to live the two job life, but when she finds a note in her car, it shatters her heart even more. Filmmaker age: 16

RatingPG-13
Duration1m30s
DirectorTre’Shawn Bordner
WriterTre’Shawn Bordner
ProducerTre’Shawn Bordner
Starring Aaliyah McDonald

On Read

After a girl is left on read by her friend, her imagination gets the best of her and brings her to the wildest conclusions. Filmmaker age: 14

RatingPG
Duration3m30s
DirectorOlive Read
WriterOlive Read
Starring Isla Read, Olive Read

On the Second Floor

Aurora is an old woman, and like many people her age, she lives alone in a small apartment in Madrid. She lives a simple, monotonous life, so any change in her routine is something eventful. Her husband passed away several years ago so she has no family. Consequently, her only visitor is a little sparrow that comes to her window every morning. All her old friends and neighbors in the building are either deceased or living in a nursing home. Many of her new neighbors never stay long or are young people with very busy lives. As a result, no one even notices that Aurora exists. She feels alone and neglected as she looks melancholically at all the things surrounding her… constantly reminding her of the past. Filmmaker age: 17

RatingPG-13
Duration18m59s
DirectorMarco Araujo
WriterMarco Araujo
ProducerMarco Araujo, Ana Dolado, Fernando Araujo
Starring María Galiana, Rubén Arranz, Ana Dolado, Ana Gimeno, Lucía Yanguas

Our Child Puppet

Black children are twice as likely to spend time in foster care as white children, and approximately 1/4 of foster care alumni will become involved with the criminal justice system within two years of leaving care. There is a direct pipeline from the foster care system to the prison system. This film explores the problems with the foster care system that mold and push kids into the prison system. How can we dismantle the foster care to prison pipeline? This film was created by high school students from across NYC in the Spring 2021 Youth Documentary Workshop at the Educational Video Center.

RatingPG-13
Duration23m55s
DirectorChiara Gabily, Ismael Gomez, Junjie Huang, Sadi Islam, Briana Joseph, Mariela Martinez, Diorobo Soumare, , Khady Thiam, Charolyn Estevez
ProducerKate Levy

Peer Counseling: Combating Youth Mental Illness

Many people have experienced challenges with mental health, and with peer counseling, it can help people and destigmatize seeking help. This documentary includes interviews from students facing mental health challenges such as PTSD, OCD, and depression. In addition, it includes peer counselors around Clovis such as Jill Duran and Derrick Davis discussing how societal stigmas and financial barriers play a factor and how the LGBTQ+ community are affected. Filmmaker age: 17

RatingPG-13
Duration6m53s
DirectorCristina Maria Espinosa, Donovan Isaac Dean
WriterCristina Maria Espinosa, Donovan Isaac Dean,, Olivia Carmen Hawkins, Jayden Breanna Mebane
ProducerCristina Maria Espinosa, Donovan Isaac Dean

Recollect

This short film is about a homeless woman who recalls her past memories as a result of a girl's continuous effort to reach out to the woman. Filmmaker age: 18

RatingPG-13
Duration6m43s
DirectorJi Won Shin
WriterJi Won Shin
ProducerJi Won Shin
Starring Il Sun Lee, Bit Na Kim, Da Eun Kim, Ji Han Kim

Sawabona

A film created by four elementary school children. The essence of Sawabona is felt when a child realizes what it truly means to see and be seen. After escaping a bullying experience, one child saves another. Perhaps they saved each other. Filmmaker age: 9

RatingPG
Duration3m59s
DirectorDenzel Onaba, Jazlyn Onaba, Kyrie Schwaiger, Zella Schwaiger
ProducerDenzel Onaba, Jazlyn Onaba, Kyrie Schwaiger, Zella Schwaiger
Starring Azura Cordeiro, Denzel Onaba, Emilia Pettigrew, Emma Chittick

Shell

Instruments of war used to destroy a nation can also be used to bring about peace.

RatingPG
Duration2m08s
DirectorMohammad Yousef Manzarian

Spaceless

Spaceless is about a young deaf girl who starts to have feelings for her best friend. She then goes on a journey of self-discovery and realization about who she really is. Filmmaker age: 16

RatingPG-13
Duration5m26s
DirectorJameela Grace Ayoub
WriterJameela Grace Ayoub, Deshawn Brooks, Rebecca Spring, Michelle Dunkley, Avery Dennison
ProducerJameela Grace Ayoub, Avery Dennison, Michelle Dunkley, Rebecca Spring, Deshawn Brooks
Starring Zephyr Henderson, Jess Roane, Circe Wilson

Solace

A distressed man treks through to seek solace with brief encounters. Hernando, FL Filmmaker age: 16

RatingPG-13
Duration5m00s
DirectorEthan Dominic
WriterEthan Dominic
ProducerJackson Tessmer
Starring Jackson Tessmer, Dimitrous Spaulding, Jessica Scott

Stolen

Stolen is a situational drama where a first motive of stealing comes to play, but the only thing that changes is the package to be stolen... Sometimes some good intention comes from a bad mind while some bad intention from a good mind..

RatingPG-13
Duration11m26s
DirectorAGBUDUME MICHAEL JAMES
WriterAGBUDUME MICHAEL JAMES
ProducerAGBUDUME MICHAEL JAMES
Starring Favour nwankwo, Francis orhibabor

Talk of Peace

A young man who has lost both his parents is visited by the spirit of his father.

RatingPG-13
Duration16m24s
DirectorKaleab Kurtz
WriterKaleab Kurtz
ProducerKaleab Kurtz, Chris Kurtz, Adrian Dion Quarles
Starring Kaleab Kurtz, Jacob Gers, Pete Turner, Adrian Dion Quarles

TENOR

The celluloid story of a child’s hidden pain is the main theme of Tenor. The father of the child, Ahad, has migrated to another country illegally through a middleman. The film deals with the pain, suffering, and various harassments of the immigrant who has migrated illegally. These struggles are the portrayed child's desire to get a football.

RatingPG
Duration13m18s
DirectorRahi Abdullah
WriterRahi Abdullah
ProducerArjumand Labonno, Jakir Hossain, Hasin Arman Niom
Starring Al Amin Antor, Srabon Khondaker, Mahamuda Begum

The Black Futures of Black Youth

This raw documentary emphasizes the perspective of a future from the view of African American teens. Filmmaker age: 17

RatingPG
Duration4m55s
DirectorSanaa Liggans
WriterSanaa Liggans
ProducerSanaa Liggans
Starring Tyler Pierre, Kennedy Webster, Kira Scotland

The Forest

When a young boy wakes up in a distant forest, exposing himself in danger, he has to go through the hard and unreal forest conditions and a dark shadow which follows him. Filmmaker age: 17

RatingPG-13
Duration9m30s
DirectorJohn Akrivopoulos, Stauros Ketikoglou
ProducerFossa Movie Team
Starring John Akrivopoulos, Arguris Dimopoulos, Konstantinos Tranopoulos

The Momentum of the Butterfly

The Momentum of the Butterfly: Women Just Wanna Go & Fly takes an international approach to examining gender discrimination and violence, exploring rising rates of violence against women in Mexico, Bangladesh, and the United States. Interviews explore causes for and ways to reverse this systemic oppression.

RatingPG-13
Duration29m38s
DirectorNicole Gonzalez, Juan Alvarez, Liliana Roldan, Mariana Mejia, Ismael Gomez, Mark Klots, Sumaitat Ebshar, , Gabriela Vargas, Suchi Chowdhury, Elijah Brown, Akoko Sossou, Rahatun Nisa Alam, Atika Alam, Sofiya Goryaeva, Gary Johnson, Charolyn Estevez, Larhonda Young, Gary Johnson, Charolyn Estevez, Larhonda Young
ProducerKate Levy, Ambreen Qureshi

The Mother

After years of being turned down by casting directors, Jamie seems to finally explore a new role, reflecting on her and her mother's relationship. Filmmaker age: 16

RatingPG-13
Duration2m35s
DirectorIsabel Wright
WriterIsabel Wright
Starring Anna Beth Riggs, Emily Weissman

The Pressure

From impulsive violence and child sexual abuse to unhygienic living conditions leading to the spread of diseases and various health issues, the conditions of public toilets, timings, and the manner in which they operate, [fees charged for usage, infrastructure, etc] all play significant roles in the behavior and living conditions of the people from the slums of Goa, namely those of Baina and Birla. This documentary is an attempt to elucidate the inhumane struggles and pressures that our fellow citizens - children, women and men alike - face due to a lack of clean, free, accessible and round the clock public toilets. Can the very thought of performing the most mundane of human activities instill fear in anyone’s mind? Yes, it can, if access to a toilet, the basic requirement of the civilized world, is denied. Such people have to remain under constant fear of controlling the PRESSURE on the bowel and tussle with the hundreds of issues that follow suit. Filmmaker age: 18

RatingPG-13
Duration9m53s
DirectorKabir Naik

The Quarantined Kid

A young man narrates a day in his life explaining his current state of lockdown and his hopes for better days in the future. Filmmaker age: 17

RatingPG-13
Duration2m09s
DirectorBenjamin Meppen
WriterBenjamin Meppen
ProducerBenjamin Meppen

The Value of Water

A teenager who regularly wastes water suddenly finds himself desperately finding a solution for his mistake. Filmmaker age: 17

RatingPG-13
Duration5m58s
DirectorMatthew U Agustin
WriterMatthew U Agustin
ProducerMatthew U Agustin
Starring Matthew U Agustin

Trapped in COVID – The Story of Angeline and Krystal Nam

This documentary film showcases two young nurses, Angeline and Krystal Nam, and their experiences while working during the current pandemic. Filmmaker age: 18

RatingPG-13
Duration9m38s
DirectorAllyson Weisel
WriterAllyson Weisel
ProducerAllyson Weisel
Starring Angeline Nam, Krystal Nam

Trust Fall

The girlfriend of a high school heart throb gets led into a blind trust on their one month anniversary. Filmmaker age: 17

RatingPG-13
Duration4m51s
DirectorAnya K Barrus
WriterAnya K Barrus, Hallie S Munsat
ProducerAnya K Barrus, Hallie S Munsat, Talia Jackson, Sophia Taylor, Fatou Gaye
Starring Miki Mulugeta, Moyo Ifafore, Zahn Castor

Unknown

When Macy is home all alone she starts to hear noises upstairs. She goes to discover what is making the mysterious noise. Filmmaker age: 18

RatingPG-13
Duration49s
DirectorRachael Doel
ProducerKate Steingraber, Riley Herron
Starring Macy Bussen

Unjust and Unequal Education in Black and White

Unjust and Unequal looks at the pervasive effects of systemic racism, particularly as they manifest themselves in the education system. Focusing on New York City schools, this youth-produced documentary asks hard questions about how racism produces the extreme inequities in the city's education system--and beyond that system, in American society.

RatingPG-13
Duration16m17s
DirectorArmony (Aj) Alexander, Dominique (Domo) Bailey, Dawn Chaelce Bernardo, Destinie Colon, Jonathan (JR) Fowkes, Heather Latman, Somerlin (Summer) Santiago, Eli Santiago, Stacey (Ace) Vaughn, Manny Terron, Bryan Hilario

Until Dawn

A child, upon falling asleep, enters the world of her dreams where she is truly free. Waking up, she returns to the real world and is faced with the reality of not being able to walk. Filmmaker age: 18

RatingPG
Duration3m46s
DirectorTiago Magalhães
WriterTiago Magalhães
ProducerTiago Magalhães, Escola Artística de Soares dos Reis

Vividly

Every night in her dreams, Iris begins seeing the life of a strange girl who she has never seen or met before. Using the dreams as clues, she is able to discover the girl's identity: Lilia Grayson, a teenager living just a town over. Before she can meet her in real life, Iris dreams of Lilia dying in a freak accident, but not in time to save her. Convinced that these dreams have had some sort of purpose, Iris goes to find the diary Lilia left behind shortly before her death. The diary reveals that Lilia had also dreamed of Iris's life and thus knew she was going to die. Lilia had used this knowledge to write goodbye letters to all the people in her life, including Iris. In the end, Iris fulfills Lilia's final act by ensuring that everyone who was written a goodbye is able to read it.

RatingPG-13
Duration19m46s
DirectorAmanda Woodruff
WriterAmanda Woodruff
Starring Peyton Singer, Eliza Byrnes

We have no colors

I'm not black, you are not white, he is not yellow. Filmmaker age: 19

RatingPG
Duration1m00s
DirectorAndrea Corazza
WriterAndrea Corazza
ProducerAndrea Corazza
Starring Hannah Zoka, Luca Novello

What’s Gender Got To Do With It?

In this documentary, teenagers and adults share personal stories of gender discrimination and how it has affected their mental health. With a focus on the queer community, activists working to end discrimination based on gender identity and gender expression discuss their methods for changing minds, behaviors, and social structures. This film also looks at how social media plays a part in spreading stereotypes about gender roles, as well as how it can be used as a tool for social change.

RatingPG-13
Duration23m02s
DirectorAlexandra (Alex) Vasquez, Ana Isabella Beltran, Cristian Marc Jimenez Lopez, Dayanna Vergara, Eddalye Pena, Isabella Araya, Joseph Archer Zapata, Justin Seaborough, Muhammad Bakhshi, Nafi Ahmed,, , Nash Fuetsch, Norma Gottschalk, , Tamanna (Tammy) Chowdhury, Yosaira Matos Santana
ProducerRachel Brown, Ambreen Qureshi

Why We Are

Through the use of theatrical dramatizations, two teenagers attempt to bridge the gaps between those with behavioral health and those without it. Filmmaker age: 17

RatingPG-13
Duration9m17s
DirectorKarston C Singleton
WriterKarston C Singleton
ProducerConrad Burgos, Erica Hawkins
Starring Kassidy Carlese, Karston C Singleton, Nyzeema Presley

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