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Colby-Sawyer College to Present Short Film Collection 'Youth Producing Change'

NEW LONDON, N.H. — Colby-Sawyer College will present a collection of short films, “Youth Producing Change,” that highlight human rights issues that inspire young people across the globe to take action.

The films, part of the college's Human Rights and Social Justice Film Series, will be shown Tuesday, March 31, at 7 p.m. in Clements Hall at the Curtis L. Ivey Science Center. The films range from three minutes to 18 minutes long, for a total of 80 minutes. Community members are invited to attend and admission is free.

“Youth Producing Change” is a project of the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival and Adobe Youth Voices, who put out a call for film, video and animated works produced by youth ages 19 and under on human rights and social issues. The collection takes a thoughtful look at the issues and ideas that inspire young people across the globe to take action.

Adobe Youth Voices is the Adobe Foundation's global philanthropic initiative that empowers youth from underserved communities worldwide to comment on their world using multimedia and digital tools to communicate and share their ideas, demonstrate their potential, and take action in their communities. Adobe Youth Voices utilizes the power of technology as part of the learning experience for middle- and high school-aged youth to enable them to think creatively, communicate effectively, and work collaboratively.

The collection of short films, which range from three minutes to 18 for a total of 80 minutes, takes a multi-perspective look at the issues and ideas that inspire youth to take action. Armed with digital cameras, computers and their own boundless creativity, these young people from around the world bravely expose human rights issues faced by themselves and their communities.

In “Women Empowerment,” South African Lithiko Mthobeli reflects on the harsh reality that mothers face in raising children. “A Maid Is Not a Slave,” a submission of the Mariama Ba Girls Boarding School in Senegal, tells the tale of a Senegalese girl sent to the city to work as a maid to support her family. The film explores what the girl can do to protect herself when her employers become abusive.

“Islands of the People” is the creation of four members of the Atira Women's Resource Society in partnership with the Old Massett Youth Program in Haida Gwaii, Canada . This six-minute piece is about a 13 year-old who commits to learning Haida from her grandmother, one of the last living people who can speak, read and write the old language. American Zane Scheuerlein's “The Hidden Cost of Cashmere” is only three minutes long but links America's appetite for consumer goods with the growing environmental crisis. “Slave Label” from the U.K. asks how much did your jeans cost, and who made them - questions that are answered with an exploration of the clothing industry.

Zachary Lennon-Simon's ten-minute “Playing with Other Tigers” traces the evolution of a half-Jewish boy's friendship with a Muslim who is harassed after 9/11. “The Countdown,” by American Rene Dongo, also builds on 9/11 and captures a performance by spoken word artist Sofia Snow.

“I Want My Parents Back” and “The True Cost of Coal” explore the aftermaths of illegal immigration and environmental exploitation. When the undocumented parents of the Munoz family are deported without warning to Mexico, their three young American-born children are left behind – is this what happens with a responsible immigration policy? And what about responsible energy sources – coal mining is a way of life in eastern Kentucky, but a costly one, leaving poverty and illness in its wake. The film explores rights of communities and how far will they go to protect them.

The event is sponsored by the college's Cultural Events Committee.

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Colby-Sawyer, founded in 1837, is a comprehensive liberal arts college located in the scenic Lake Sunapee Region of central New Hampshire. Students learn in small classes through a select array of programs that integrate the liberal arts and sciences with pre-professional experience.

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