Poster for The International Human Rights Art Festival’s Youth Film Festival

The International Human Rights Art Festival’s Youth Film Festival

Midnight weekend screenings happen on Friday & Saturday nights (meaning arrive on Friday and/or Saturday night by 11:45pm for seating, the movie starts after midnight)!

Run Time: 100 min. Release Year: 2021

The International Human Rights Art Festival’s Youth Film Festival is part of an expanding collection of initiatives to highlight youth voices from around the world.  Their work includes the Anthology of Youth Creativity on Human Rights & Social Justice, Youth Drama Festival, Youth Art Exhibit, International Youth Fellowship, Art of Unity Creative Award, Youth Winners and now the Youth Film Festival.  Highlighting these voices is fundamental to their belief that social change begins with engagement, listening and creativity.
  • Babe Brigade (2:00) by Nicole Hayward (21 yrs. old)  Girls support each other as they learn to skateboard.
  • Racism has no Home Here (3:22) by Rylee Landau (17 yrs. old): This documentary short is Jen Schatzman’s story behind the grassroots effort called Racism Has No Home Here—an organization that is all about connecting, educating, and empowering communities to put a stake in the ground so racism loses its home.
  • Growing Peace in the Middle East (17:16) by Steven Hoffen (13 yrs. old): A 7th grader from New York is inspired by a visit to Sindyanna of Galilee in Israel – a unique non-profit organization led by a team of Arab and Jewish women working together to create social change from the ground up. He spends the year during the pandemic inspired to document the new hydroponics project at Sindyanna, which strives to enhance Arab-Jewish cooperation, while creating economic opportunities for Arab women.
  • I Stand for Us (21:40) by Almir Datoo (20 yrs. old): A social realist drama. When hotel cleaners are faced with unfair working conditions, Naomi works to unite the team in solidarity against destructive zero hour contracts.
  • The Garden (52:11) by Hailey Hart-Thompson (21 yrs. old): The Garden tells the story of Ramana’s Garden Children’s Home in the foothills of the Himalayas in Rishikesh, India. Originally created in the 1990s to house people displaced from the Maoist revolution in Nepal, the children’s home has grown into a school for surrounding villages, a refuge for internally displaced people, and a locale for music and art. Currently, the home does not plan for the adoption of children, but rather invests in their quality of life with their new chosen family. The documentary explores the growth of the Garden through the eyes of the founder, the now adult Nepali refugees, the current residents, and newly arrived residents at the home. The Garden reaffirms how music, art, and family can be a first step in healing the trauma of displacement.

Following the IHRAF Youth Film Festival, there will be a Q & A with some of the young film makers. Please join us for this special event!