Youth Media Academy

A United Nations Experience

A United Nations Experience

A Film by Mali P., The Representation Project, 2020

A United Nations Experience is a short documentary film created in The Representation Project’s 2020 Youth Media Academy. In 2014, a 16 year-old student attended the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues with her school, Ahahuacalmecac.

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Beyond the Model

Beyond the Model

A Film by Jessica L., The Representation Project, 2020

Beyond The Model is a short documentary film created in The Representation Project’s 2020 Youth Media Academy. After the assaults and discrimination of Asians in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, this film shines a light on what it is like to be a “model minority” in an increasingly divided America.

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Black Til It's Backwards

Black Till It’s Backwards

A Film by TreNisha S., The Representation Project, 2020

Black Till It’s Backwards is a short documentary film created in The Representation Project’s 2020 Youth Media Academy. This short film is a visual piece set to poetry written by filmmaker TreNisha S.

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Let's Talk About It // Formerly: Bloody Sheets

Bloody Sheets

A Film by Grace T., The Representation Project, 2020

Bloody Sheets is a short documentary film created in The Representation Project’s 2020 Youth Media Academy. Bloody Sheets invites us to get comfortable talking about menstruation and explore how we can reduce the stigma surrounding periods.

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Born Amish

A Film by Frost M., The Representation Project, 2020

An Amish family in Maine lives life off the grid and on the land, making the most of daylight.

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Creating a Chasm

A Film by Elsie R., The Representation Project, 2020

This film explores how COVID-19 is increasing the education gap among students in the United States.

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Defined By The Line

A Film by Serafine C., The Representation Project, 2020

Defined by the Line explores how gender roles impact the lives of teenagers across the globe.

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Filters of Life

A Film by Angelica R., The Representation Project, 2020

Living in a two-bedroom home with two different families, filmmaker Angelica Rubio embarks on a path to understanding family dynamics, vulnerability, and personhood.

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Generation Z: The Hushed Generation

A Film by Melanie M. and Felix M., The Representation Project, 2020

Generation Z: The Hushed Generation is a short documentary film created in The Representation Project’s 2020 Youth Media Academy. In this short film, we explore the experience of depression as narrated by Ate, a young person navigating how to open up about his needs.

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Neighborhood

Gentrification

A Film by Samira B., The Representation Project, 2020

Filmmaker Samira B. explores how gentrification has changed her neighborhood.

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Growing Up Gen Z

A Film by Naila J., The Representation Project, 2020

Growing Up Gen Z is a short documentary film created in The Representation Project’s 2020 Youth Media Academy. Five students across the spectrum of Generation Z consider the influence technology has had on their development thus far and its potential effects on those coming after.

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Jocelyn

Home: Joselyn’s Story

The Representation Project, 2019

A film about home, love, and motherhood, “Home: Joselyn’s Story” is the story of Joselyn. She was brought to the United States from Honduras by her mother when she was nine years old. As a mother now, she reflects on the decision her mother made for her, risking everything to give her daughter a better life.

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In a Body

A Film by Melany A., Danise K., Kenia C., and Mariana F., The Representation Project, 2019

“In A Body” brings awareness to what struggling with body image looks like and creates an open and honest dialogue with individuals who have successfully overcome body image issues.

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It’s Okay To Be Real

A Film by Madison M. ,The Representation Project, 2020

This film aims to help educate the audience about how girls feel when they look at themselves in the mirror versus online on social media.

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Mama

A Film by Mackenna M. ,The Representation Project, 2020

Hear from three mothers who share their hopes and fears for their children and how they navigate raising and preparing their children for the challenges and threats of growing up black in America.

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Ni Yankwik Xinachtli

A Film by Axayacatzi K., The Representation Project, 2020

Ni Yankwik Xinachtli is a short documentary film created in The Representation Project’s 2020 Youth Media Academy. This film explores Indigenous generational knowledge on medicinal plants and alternative medicine and how the seed reflects the person and the prayer of the universe.

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Los Rostros

Nuestros Rostros

A Film by Damaris C., The Representation Project, 2020

The filmmaker explores her relationship to make-up, an art that she believes can empower herself and others.

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Poh

A Film by Hillary T. ,The Representation Project, 2020

Displacement and unease of Lao civilians causes a young boy named Phomma to seek refuge in the United States, the “land of the free.”

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Pushed Out

A Film by Thomas W and Dennis M. , The Representation Project, 2020

Oakland has become more and more modernized and safe due to gentrification. It looks like these new changes are all great, but once you look closer, you see the damage gentrification has had on Oakland natives.

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School During Quarantine

A Film by Andres O., The Representation Project, 2020

This film takes a humorous glimpse into Andres’ experience of attending virtual school during the COVID19 Pandemic.

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Pollution

The Air I Breathe

A Film by Kim C. ,The Representation Project, 2020

Wilmington, California, is one of the most polluted cities in the United States. In this short documentary, the filmmaker explores our relationship to our natural environment and makes a plea to stop polluting the air we breathe.

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The Amplitude of Thought

A Film by Phoebe M., The Representation Project, 2020

Two teens share their struggles with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and reflect on the difference between their experience of living with OCD and how it is represented through popular culture.

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The Inbetween

A Film by Mia Jay P. ,The Representation Project, 2020

Filmmaker Mia Jay Pachirat explores living between the abled and disabled and what it means to have your foot in two different worlds.

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When the Moon Moves, The Flower Shadows

A Film by Emme W., The Representation Project, 2021

Frustrated by the inadequate representation of marginalized people in the video game industry, a young video game developer seeks to create a game centered around Asian American adolescent joy.

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