FILM FESTIVAL

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The mission of the BOOST Film Festival is to support the work of talented and dedicated filmmakers and to share their work so that it may inspire, educate, and transform youth and professionals in the youth work field.  

The BOOST Film Festival strand offers attendees the opportunity to view films highlighting relevant topics in the education field including issues relating to today’s youth. Many of the featured films offer supplemental materials, such as curriculum, to take back and implement at your school or program. When available, the BOOST Film Festival strand also offers the opportunity for post-film discussion with the filmmakers or representatives from the film company.

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Wednesday, May 2nd

10:30am-12:15pm

american-dreamers posterAmerican DREAMers
American DREAMers tells the story behind the Campaign for an American DREAM (CAD), a group of six undocumented youth and an ally who risk their freedom when they publicly come out as undocumented and walk 3,000 miles to the nation's capital to organize for immigrant rights. These are college students, young professionals, activists, and community leaders. Follow their journey as they come out of the shadows, share their stories, empower communities, and put everything on the line to fight in what they believe is their civil rights movement. They are undocumented and unafraid. And some are UndocuQueer, too.
Moderator: Lorena Sanchez, Program Operations Director, EduCare Foundation, Van Nuys, CA 
Strand: Film Festival

Watch the trailer here 


Wednesday, May 2nd

2:45pm-4:45pm

listenListen
Listen, the film and companion curriculum, is an innovative blended-learning solution designed to help educators and their students engage in meaningful conversation and action that address, head-on, the current mental health crises being experienced directly or indirectly by all youth today. This Hollywood-quality film, created by youth activist and award-winning filmmaker, Erahm Christopher, immerses students in stories of cyber-bullying, racism, self-harm, violence, isolation, and suicide that they can immediately relate to. This film then becomes the basis and motivation for discussions and activities that help students explore and discover for themselves their power to change the current state through their own actions. Leveraging Every Monday Matters' unique approach to social and emotional learning and community engagement, participants will fulfill an active role in improving their own mental health, the mental health of their peers and other people in their lives, and the community's ability to better support its youth before the next tragedy happens.
Moderators: 
Cindy McCann, Executive Director, Every Monday Matters, Inc., Burbank, CA; Erahm Christopher, Founder, Good Instinct, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Strand: Film Festival

Watch the trailer here


Thursday, May 3rd

10:00am-12:00pm

I Am Jane Doe poster I Am Jane Doe
I Am Jane Doe is a gut-wrenching human story and fresh look at a social and legal issue that affects every community in America.  The voices of the mothers and children in the film has helped to usher in legislative change in both the House and Senate. Called “a gripping legal thriller” (Esquire); “a powerful call to action” (The Los Angeles Times); “viscerally emotional” (The Washington Post), I Am Jane Doe chronicles the epic battle that several American mothers are waging on behalf of their middle-school daughters, victims of sex trafficking on Backpage.com, the classified advertising website that for years was part of the iconic Village Voice.  Reminiscent of Erin Brockovich and Karen Silkwood, these mothers have stood up on behalf of thousands of other mothers, fighting back and refusing to take no for an answer.
Moderator: Gabriela Delgado, Program Specialist, San Diego County Office of Education, San Diego, CA
Strand: Film Festival

Watch the trailer here


Thursday, May 3rd

1:15pm-2:30pm 

UNTOUCHABLE: CHILDREN OF GOD  Untouchable Children of God film poster

In the brothels of India, young girls perish every day. At least 10,000 girls are trafficked from Nepal to the brothels of India each year. A mere 1% of these sex slaves ever escape or get rescued. Untouchable: Children of God, explores the stories of the people most vulnerable to human trafficking, the “Untouchables” of society, specifically the Badi people of Nepal and the Dalits of India. The red light areas of India are dangerous, lawless, places ruled by mafia and gangs. Despite these seemingly insurmountable odds, there are a growing number of abolitionists and social advocates taking action to help end this brutal form of modern day slavery. Featuring rare footage from inside the brothels of India and exclusive interviews with survivors and those serving the front lines, Untouchable: Children of God highlights stories of hope and the heroes risking their lives to rescue and protect these forgotten angels. Look into the eyes of young survivors as they share their stories and you will be touched by the untouchables. 
Moderator: Camrin Christensen, Director of Volunteer Recruitment and Outreach, CASA of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 

Watch the trailer here


Thursday, May 3rd

3:45pm-5:15pm

if-you-build-it film poster If You Build It
From the director of WORDPLAY and I.O.U.S.A. comes a captivating look at a radically innovative approach to education. If You Build It follows designer-activists Emily Pilloton and Matthew Miller to rural Bertie County, the poorest in North Carolina, where they work with local high school students to help transform both their community and their lives. Living on credit and grant money and fighting a change-resistant school board, Pilloton and Miller lead their students through a year-long, full-scale design and build project that does much more than just teach basic construction skills: it shows ten teenagers the power of design-thinking to re-invent not just their town but their own sense of what's possible. IF YOU BUILD IT offers a compelling and hopeful vision for a new kind of classroom in which students learn the tools to design their own futures.
Moderator: Matt D’Arrigo, Founder, A Reason to Survive (ARTS), National City, CA and Director, Clare Rose Foundation, San Diego, CA
Strand: Film Festival 

Watch the trailer here


 Friday, May 4th

9:15am-11:15am 

What-the-Health film poster What the Health
What the Health is the groundbreaking follow-up film from the creators of the award-winning documentary Cowspiracy. The film exposes the collusion and corruption in government and big business that is costing us trillions of healthcare dollars, and keeping us sick. What The Health is a surprising, and at times hilarious, investigative documentary that will be an eye-opener for everyone concerned about our nation’s health and how big business influences it.
Moderator: Daniel W. Hatcher, MPH, Director, Community Partnerships, Alliance for a Healthier Generation, Washington, D.C. 
Strand: Film Festival 

Watch the trailer here

 

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