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Private Film Screening of the PBS Series, FILMS BYKIDS, in NYC

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Bid to win the chance for you and 34 friends to attend a private screening and discussion with the filmmakers of the PBS series, FILMS BYKIDS, at your own screening venue or in New York City (at either Lincoln Center or Soho House)! 

These short films are made by kids around the world about climate change (Nicaragua), juvenile justice reform (USA), forced child marriage (Senegal) and the Syrian refugee crisis (Germany) who were mentored by filmmakers to tell their story. 

This once-in-a-lifetime treat for adults and teens will include a talk-back with some of the filmmakers and producers. There will be lemonade and popcorn for kids, and wine and cocktails for adults. Hopefully, the kids will share the popcorn!

You will see the following films:

  • “I Could Tell You ‘Bout My Life” (United States) Michael Martin, a 19-year-old boy from Harlem, N.Y., endured a challenging upbringing. At age 17, he was party to a felony. Unable to post bail, he was sent to Rikers Island, one of the country’s most violent prisons, where youth and adults are incarcerated together. After his release, Martin was determined to turn his life around. He joined a support program for formerly incarcerated youth, was hired to paint murals in New York City and began working toward his GED. Mentored by filmmakers Chiemi Karasawa and Hollis Meminger, Martin shines a light on the juvenile justice system, while providing a message of hope and encouragement to others.
  • “My Beautiful Nicaragua” (Nicaragua) Twelve-year-old Edelsin Mendez’ family has been growing coffee for generations in rural Nicaragua, but climate change and shifting weather patterns are contributing to a devastating crop disease that threatens coffee production. Harvests have decreased dramatically and poverty is on the rise in her community. Mentored by filmmaker Joyce Chopra, Mendez shares the impact of climate change on her family, and the ways in which her community is striving to maintain its traditions and livelihood while forging a sustainable future.
  • “Out of Aleppo” (Germany) Seventeen-year old Mohammad Shasho and his family narrowly escaped violence and destruction in his hometown of Aleppo, Syria. Like millions of Syrians, the Shasho family fled their war-torn country in search of safety. Now, they are struggling to make a new life in Berlin, Germany, learning to navigate a different culture and communicate in a foreign language. Mentored by filmmaker Anja Baron, Shasho shares how he and his fellow refugees are surviving displacement — finding strength and comfort in the arts, education and new friends — and their hopes for a brighter future.
  • “Walk On My Own” (Senegal) Thirteen-year-old Ndèye Fatou Fall from Keur Simbara, Senegal, was born free to choose her own destiny. Had she and her friends been born eighteen years ago, they would have been forced into marriage, or subjected to the life-threatening ritual of genital cutting, which has impacted an estimated 200 million girls and women alive today in 30 countries. Mentored by filmmaker Elizabeth Hummer, Fall reports on the changes that have happened around her since her village abandoned these practices, and the ways in which these cultural shifts have empowered and transformed her community.

  • Experience expires on Jun 25, 2020.

Additional Lot Details
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  • Valid for 35 people.
  • Duration: 3 hours.
  • Length of discussion with the filmmakers: 30 minutes.
  • The winner may take a photo.
  • The winner can take something small to be signed.
  • Mutually agreeable date, depending on venue availability.
  • Must be booked at least 1 month in advance. 
  • This can take place in New York at either Lincoln Center or Soho House, or at your own screening venue.
  • If this takes place at your own venue, the winner is responsible for all costs including venue and equipment for screening. 
  • If the winner would like this to take place outside of NYC, they are required to pay the transportation and lodging of the producers/filmmakers. 
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Global movement that uses storytelling through film to inform, engage and inspire action.
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  • Travel and accommodations are not included.
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