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Monday, June 14 • 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Film Series: Youth Zones

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In conflicts and natural disasters around the world, young people, at a crucial state of their development, are faced with numerous challenges and difficulties. Emergencies often steal their adolescence and force them to undertake adult responsibilities. The structures and institutions that should guarantee their secure, peaceful development-schools, family, community and health centers-are often broken down, leaving them with little, if any, support, and sometimes in charge of others. Access to basic sexual and reproductive health services, including information on STIs and HIV/AIDS, is often impossible and further ignored by humanitarian efforts. Yet in the midst of these great difficulties, young people raise their younger siblings, form youth groups/organizations, put food on the table for their families, conduct peer education activities contribute to peace movements, galvanize their communities and contribute in numerous other ways to positive changes. Crucial as these stories are, most of them are never told. Youth Zones documents the voices of young people affected by conflict and natural disaster. Emmy-award winning filmmaker, Lisa Russell, accompanied by spoken word poet, Luke Nephew, and youth activist, Chernor Bah, facilitated discussions and conducted creative writing and poetry workshops with youth from Liberia, Colombia, Lebanon, Northern Uganda and New Orleans. Youth Zones profiles youth who work as educators, peace activists, healthcare assistants and drama mentors in an effort to rehabilitate their communities after emergencies.
The film screening will be followed by Q&A with filmmaker Lisa Russell and a poetry performance by Safia Elhillo.

Monday June 14, 2010 2:30pm - 3:30pm EDT
Embassy Film Theatre

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