MEDIA ADVISORY: LGBTQ and Immigrant Youth Envision Justice Through Film at 2016 Showcase


June 15, 2016
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LGBTQ and Immigrant Youth Envision Justice Through Film at 2016 Showcase

NEW YORK, NY- On Tuesday June 28th, over 200 youth and allies will come together to celebrate the power of young people making their own high-impact social justice media. LGBTQ and immigrant youth of color from Global Action Project (G.A.P.), a non-profit organization that works with youth most affected by injustice to create powerful grassroots media, will premiere their newest films.

The films address timely and critical topics of xenophobia, transphobic violence, policing, and racial justice; issues that often fill our news cycles with commentary by politicians and pundits, without any input from the voices of those most impacted. Recognizing that LGBTQ and immigrant youth of color perspectives are most often excluded from mainstream media coverage of the issues that directly affect their lives, this event will amplify their voices. "Global Action Project's End of the Year Screening is such an important event because it brings individuals from all ways of life to gather in a space where we can speak and feel about what joy means to us", says Misbah Awan, a Youth Breaking Borders alumni and co-MC of the event. "In a world where we know how to articulate our sorrows so well, the ability to vision collectively is truly liberating."

The evening will feature four creative youth-produced films, spoken word, dance and a musical performance. Members from G.A.P.’s Youth Breaking Borders immigrant youth media program will premiere a film that addresses the current anti-immigrant political climate and the personal impact that this fever pitch xenophobia is having on immigrant youth. Their film tells the story of how a group of immigrant youth respond when politician “Donald Cruz” comes to speak at their high school. LGBTQ youth from G.A.P.’s SupaFriends program will premiere their new film that tackles the epidemic of transphobic violence and the silence around the murders of trans women. The film tells the story of how Brave, a racial justice organizer, responds to the loss of his ex-girlfriend Kelly, a trans activist, and grapples with his own guilt about hiding their relationship. And we will show two short films, produced collaboratively with our community organizing partners DRUM, FUREE, RAISE, GOLES, Community Voices Heard and Ugnayan Youth for Justice and Social Change, that explore NYC young people’s responses to issues of police violence, Islamophobia, anti-Black racism and their fight to pass the Right to Know Act.

WHEN: Tuesday, June 28th, 6-9pm

WHERE: Tishman Auditorium

  The New School

   63 5th Avenue

              New York, NY 10003

WHO: Global Action Project (G.A.P.) works with underserved youth from New York City’s five boroughs to develop their capacities to create powerful media, cultural expression, and social change. Founded in 1991, G.A.P. has provided media arts education, grounded in the art of storytelling, for thousands of youth from low-income communities; created over 170 films on a range of topics (e.g. LGBTQ youth homelessness, immigration, and the policing of youth of color); and developed an award-winning media production and popular education curriculum that has been adopted by hundreds of organizations and educators.

[Production Still from “Over-Stigmatized”, a film by LGBTQ youth that addresses the silence around the murder of trans women, and premieres on June 28th, 2016]

[Production Still from a film by immigrant youth that addresses the impact of anti-immigrant political rhetoric from politicians on immigrant youth, and premieres on June 28th, 2016]