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March 22, 2017

“Films BYkids” SXSW Panel Discusses Film as Tool for Global Understanding

Poet Against Prejudice, part of THIRTEEN’s FILMS BYkids series which pairs youth from around the world with filmmakers to create personal documentaries about global issues, was the focus of a session at the just-wrapped 2017 South by Southwest (SXSW) conference in Austin, TX.

films-bykids_2017-sxswIn the film, Faiza Almontaser, a Yemini immigrant in Brooklyn who faced bullying because of her Islamic identity, shares how she found a creative outlet for self-expression, and what it means to be Muslim and American in a post- 9/11 world (the late Albert Maysles served as her mentor).

At the conference, Faiza, Jamiel Altaheri, one of the highest ranking Muslim officers and first Yemeni-American Police Captain in the NYPD, Holly Carter, director of the non-profit organization, BYkids, and WNET’s Suzanne Rose, Senior Producer, Children’s & Educational Media, discussed using film as a tool for global understanding, and the importance of storytelling as a way to foster empathy and engage audiences in social justice issues.

The conversation will continue in May 2017 when WNET’s Education Department hosts a screening of Poet Against Prejudice and panel discussion for local educators. Stay tuned for details!

SXSW conferences and festivals celebrate the convergence of the interactive, film, and music industries.

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FILMS BYKIDS mentor Albert Maysles with young filmmaker Faiza Almontaser

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