2021 Films

Next Gen Student Films

A bustling city street with modern buildings, including a curved glass high-rise on the left and colorful mural-covered structures on the right. The street is busy with cars and pedestrians, showcasing a representation of urban life amidst gentrification, with a tall skyscraper visible in the background.

A Collective Divide

A Film by Lily K., The Representation Project, 2021

In a rapidly modernizing New York City, three residents from the boroughs of Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Bronx discuss their perspectives and experiences of gentrification in their neighborhoods.

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A small group of people participate in a healing yoga session inside a cozy room with wooden floors. They are in various child's poses around a colorful mandala arrangement in the center. A female instructor stands and guides them. The room is softly lit with candles and lamps, creating a reiki-infused ambiance.

A Divine Connection

A Film by Liza J., The Representation Project, 2021

In this short documentary film, we meet Kyle, Kesley, and Misti, seeking divine healing and connection through practices such as reiki and yoga to better understand themselves and others.

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A vintage photograph shows a woman dressed in traditional attire holding a baby in a decorated cradleboard. The caption reads, "It represents a tie to your mother, like an unbroken cord, and keeps the child protected their entire life.

A Lost Cord

A Film by Neveah K., The Representation Project, 2021

In Northern Cheyenne culture, there is a tradition of keeping the umbilical cord after it falls off. It represents the child’s connection to its mother and keeps them safe from harm. This short film follows a tale about the consequences of severing the bond created by the umbilical cord.

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A tranquil lakeside scene viewed from a porch, showing a grassy lawn leading to a dock with a small boathouse. Tall trees surround the water, and a shadowy figure stands in the foreground, partially obscured by the porch supports. It feels almost like stepping into a still frame from an artful documentary.

Blue Screen

A Film by Angelica J., The Representation Project, 2021

Filmed through the eyes of the youngest in the household, in this short film, Angelica interviews her family members on the negative and positive impacts of technology usage in today’s society in the midst of following them in their daily life.

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A pair of hands holding a pen and writing in a notebook. The notebook has a message written on the right page that reads, "I am not invisible: My identity is just as valuable & worthy as anyone else's." The left page is blank. This scene captures powerful representation resting on a wooden table.


A Film by Chloe T., The Representation Project, 2021

Through a combination of the narrator’s experience and media clips, this film examines the representation of Middle Eastern people in Hollywood and media and how it affects a greater audience.

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A person wearing a homemade bird mask sits on a chair in a backyard garden area, dressed in loose, light-colored clothing. Nearby, a grey cat lounges on the grass. The scene, which could belong to an eccentric documentary with dark humor elements, includes scattered garden supplies and a large metal funnel.

Chicken & the Egg

A Film by Zen T., The Representation Project, 2021

A girl tells her story of how she did her first stick and poke. This short film follows the girl over the day she received her tattoo while narrating her experience wearing a chicken mask. Chicken & the Egg uses dark humor and comedy to explore the experience of coping with grief and losing a loved one.

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