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THE SIXTH ANNUAL MEDIA THAT MATTERS FILM FESTIVAL

An image captures a feeling, a story shares a message, a movie becomes a movement. Media That Matters brings you 16 inspiring films by youth and independent filmmakers committed to changing the world, in 8 minutes or less.

Slip of the Tongue

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In Transit

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Water Warriors

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How Wal-Mart Came to Haslett

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The Rules of the Game

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Permission

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Eyes on the Fair Use of the Prize

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Book 'Em: Undereducated, Overincarcerated

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(Hate) Machine

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In the Morning

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Bread

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Asparagus! (A Stalk-umentary)

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Recycle

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Night Visions

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No Child

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Slip of the Tongue

4:06 min
Youth Slam
Winner of the Jury Award Sponsored by Adobe Systems

“What’s your ethnic make up?” A young man makes a pass at a beautiful stranger and gets an eye-opening schooling on race and gender.

A Girl Like Me

7:08 min
Youth Documentary
Winner of the Diversity Award Sponsored by Third Millennium Foundation

Color is more than skin deep for young African-American women struggling to define themselves.

In Transit

5:51 min
Documentary
Winner of the Global Health Award Sponsored by Daniel B. and Florence E. Green Foundation

War may be over in the Democratic Republic of Congo, but many Congolese women continue to battle for their reproductive health.

Water Warriors

6:17 min
Documentary
Winner of the Environment Award Sponsored by Loreto Bay Company

When water costs soar, residents of Highland Park, Michigan demand to know who will foot the bill.

How Wal-Mart Came to Haslett

3:16 min
Exposé
Winner of the Changemaker Award Sponsored by Working Films

Michigan youth investigate the dubious circumstances under which a Wal-Mart appeared on a wetland in their small town.

The Rules of the Game

8:24 min
Documentary
Winner of the Community Discourse Award

A Native American tribe’s dreams of prosperity clash with small town values in Rohnert Park, California.

Permission

1:00 min
Public Service Announcement
Winner of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Rights Award

Whose permission would you need to get married to the person you love?

Eyes on the Fair Use of the Prize

2:11 min
Advocacy Short
Winner of the Fair Use Award Sponsored by Center for Social Media

Copyright abuse or Fair Use? Learn how much is at stake when vital films are pulled from public discourse.

Book 'Em: Undereducated, Overincarcerated

3:03 min
Youth Documentary
Winner of the Criminal Justice Award

In New Haven, Connecticut the pipeline from school to prison is shorter than you might think.

(Hate) Machine

4:45 min
Satire
Winner of the Media Literacy Award Sponsored by Utne Magazine

When media messages are constructed, sometimes truth hits the cutting room floor.

In the Morning

4:25 min
Dramatic Narrative
Winner of the Women’s Rights Award

When a young Turkish woman is raped, there is nothing honorable about revenge.

Bread

4:56 min
Documentary
Winner of the Global Justice Award Sponsored by Seventh Generation

Guatemalan brothers Edwin and Edson crush rocks with their father so their family has enough to eat.

Asparagus! (A Stalk-umentary)

5:57 min
Documentary
Winner of the Good Food Award Sponsored by W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Journey to the “Asparagus Capital of the World” to discover why one little vegetable is so important.

Recycle

6:00 min
Documentary
Winner of the Sustainability Award Sponsored by Stonyfield Farm

Poet Miguel Diaz transforms poverty into cultivation in the middle of a Los Angeles street.

Night Visions

7:07 min
Documentary
Winner of the War and Peace Award Sponsored by Netflix

Individuals enlist in the U.S. military for different reasons, but they all return from war, changed.

No Child

8:19 min
Youth Documentary
Winner of the Knowledge is Power Award Sponsored by Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Foundation

Minneapolis hip-hoppers Shakademic and Glenn Scott get the inside scoop on military recruiting tactics.


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