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.
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.
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.
Conditioned shows the development of queer children’s media, beginning in the 1930s to present-day movies and TV shows. The filmmaker uses clips of TV shows and films to explore how LGBTQ+ representation can be improved and how representation is linked to acceptance, especially for kids.
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.
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.
Hermana Mayores: Nunca Muy Gris is a short documentary film created in The Representation Project’s 2019 Youth Media Academy. In this film, older adults share their experiences of isolation, loneliness, depression, and community.
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.
Mixed kids are exposed to many questions about their identity, place in the world, and local environments from a young age. The film aims to answer these questions and amplify conversations about their experiences by intertwining the stories of several mixed youths in New York City.
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.
In Eureka, California, a mother takes care of her father, who is living with dementia. During her short visit, She brings food and reminders to take his medicine, as well as medical documents. Tough times and difficult conversations are approached with care and compassion throughout this short film.
Wana, who is very sick, realizes that she is not ready to leave her grandson Miliano, who did not learn to speak her language. On her deathbed, Aleja, the Curandera of the community, uses her sacred knowledge to ask the sacred winds for help. Wana will talk to the winds, guardians of the land to find the strength she needs to continue her legacy and provide a bridge between humans and the earth.
Our culture innodates young people daily with messages ascribing value to possessing the idealized “perfect body.” This short documentary film explores the harm of seeking perfection and advocates for self-love and appreciation of all bodies. CW: This film discusses weight, eating disorders, dieting, and body image.
In this short film, David shares his experience of growing up in his small town where he felt safe to be a kid and play games outdoors with his friends, but now he and other young people don’t feel safe in their community because of crime and police corruption.
In this short documentary film, Jocelyn interviews her grandmother about growing up in the town of Copalillo in Guerrero, Mexico, in the seventies and eighties. Her grandmother recounts losing her father at a young age, getting by on little money, and living without electricity until her teens.