BYkids Organisation (NY)

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BYkids is a non-profit organization pairing master filmmakers with youth (ages 8-21) from around the world to create short documentaries about globally relevant issues.

By giving kids the tools and mentoring to make documentary films about their lives BYkids gives voice to youth from diverse cultures, and encourages international understanding and engagement by giving viewers concrete ways to respond.

Each year, the Story Selection Committee — UNICEF and  a  group of nationally recognised journalists, filmmakers, teens and non-profit leaders —  creates a list of potential stories from which five are chosen. These five stories carry the universal values of courage, perseverance and dignity. Each story is given to a BYkids” Film Mentor who spends one month helping the young person make the film. UNICEF provides transportation, lodging, communications, security, local networking and other diplomatic resources in each project country.

BYkids is a cultural partner of the AKFF and we have now screened 3 of thier films.

Home is Where you Find It – 2012

Displaced but not Defeated – 2013

Poets Against Prejudice – 2014