MoCo Students To Debut Documentary About Social Issues, Political Engagement

MoCo Students To Debut Documentary About Social Issues, Political Engagement

Eight-minute video will premier Wednesday in Silver Spring

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Students with Gandhi Brigade Youth Media film a documentary titled We Are Now.

Evan Glass

Montgomery County students this week will debut their documentary encouraging fellow teenagers to engage in politics and voice their opinions on social issues.

Student participants of Gandhi Brigade Youth Media, a nonprofit that offers free after-school programs focused on empowering students to use multimedia to promote community building and multicultural understanding, will launch their newest documentary at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center in Silver Spring. Students involved in making the film will be available to answer questions from the audience following the film.

The eight-minute film titled We Are Now was shot and produced by students during a five-week summer program and focuses on a broad range of youth activism topics. Highlights of the film include footage from a hearing at Gaithersburg City Hall and an interview with U.S. Rep. John Lewis, a Democrat representing Georgia, Gandhi Brigade Youth Media Executive Director Evan Glass said.

“The students selected this topic because they are angry at gun violence in their schools, upset over immigrant children being separated from their families and worried about the environmental degradation across the planet,” Glass said. “Members of this generation feel that their voices are not heard on critical issues that will impact their future.”

Previous documentaries have been shown at film festivals around the country and have won awards in high school categories at the D.C. Independent Film Festival, the Philadelphia Latino Film Festival and the Black Hollywood Education & Resources Center, among others. Topics of past documentaries include police accountability, juvenile justice and immigration reform.

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