MNN's Youth Channel will be hosting Ideas & Identities, a special screening of youth-created videos at the Anthology Film Archives, located at 32 Second Ave. We will be highlighting exceptional youth media created by members of the Lower East Side Girls Club, the TRUCE program at Harlem Children's Zone, as well as featuring "Beyond the Hijab: Struggling Against Stereotypes", an original Youth Channel production about growing up as a African-American Muslim woman.
Reception will begin at 6:30PM, and the films start at 7PM. There will also be a short Q&A session afterwards so that members of the audience can have a chance to speak with the youth about the films. These fantastic works by youth filmmakers deserve the recognition and celebration they have earned as part of the Ideas & Identities MNN Youth Channel Screening.
Please join us on Wednesday, Jan 17th, for this wonderful event. For more information or to RSVP please contact Mariela at (212) 757-2670 ext. 330 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the films:
Beyond the Hijab: Struggling Against Stereotypes
A documentary about 18-year-old Habibah Ahmad, a young African-American Muslim woman, and her daily struggle against discriminatory labels. The film is a vivid exploration of race, identity, and religious intolerance in post-9/11 America. The camera follows Habibah as she interacts with her peers and family membes and asks questions about religious freedom, discrimination, and the future.
A short film featuring spoken word, music, and the sounds of the Lower East Side. This video is based on an epic poem written and performed by the girls of the Lower East Side Girls Club. Accompanying each autobiographical stanza with images of their community and originally composed music, they create the story of a girl named Jenasis. To learn more about the Lower East Side Girls Club, visit www.girlsclub.org.
An experimental video piece that explores the issues of discrimination, racial identity, and self-esteem. It follows two African-Americans from the TRUCE program who attempt to change the color of their skin using face paint; one wishes to become darker and the other hopes to become lighter. To learn more about TRUCE, visit www.hcz.org.