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THE SEVENTH 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 shorts by filmmakers committed to changing the world.

We are the Zaballeen

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Rapping at Fear

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Still Standing

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The Apollos

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Sovereign Nation / Sovereign Neighbor

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Rights on the Line: Vigilantes at the Border

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Power Up

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Massacre at Murambi

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By-Standing: The Beginning of an American Lifetime

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Grace

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I'm Not a Boy

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Ashray

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Tyttonen (The Young Girl)

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The Final Frontier: Explorers or Warriors?

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Superstar

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The Farm Sanctuary

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We are the Zaballeen

8:05 min
Documentary
Winner of the Sustainability Award

Egypt’s resident garbage recyclers, the Zaballeen, struggle as Cairo modernizes its waste disposal system.

Rapping at Fear

6:44 min
Documentary
Winner of the Speak the Peace Award Sponsored by Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Foundation

In Andrés Tabares’ barrio in Colombia, “social cleansing” groups wage war. When this thirteen-year-old raps against violence, people listen.

Still Standing

7:44 min
Documentary
Winner of the Jury Award
Supported by Adobe Youth Voices


Ms. Gertrude returns to what remains of her New Orleans home and fights to rebuild what she can in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

The Apollos

6:00 min
Documentary
Winner of the Fair Use Award
Sponsored by Center for Social Media


Meet the trailblazing students who, over twenty years ago, fought to make Martin Luther King Jr. Day a national holiday.

Sovereign Nation / Sovereign Neighbor

7:00 min
Documentary
Winner of the Independence Award

The Narragansett tribe defends its sovereignty only to encounter violent resistance and entrenched misunderstanding from their home state of Rhode Island.

Rights on the Line: Vigilantes at the Border

3:55 min
Documentary
Winner of the Immigration Award Sponsored by SEIU

What happens when people cross the line? Vigilantes take the law into their own hands on the U.S.-Mexican border.

Power Up

1:39 min
Animation - Mix
Winner of the Changemaker Award Sponsored by Working Films

“Bomber Man” strikes again! Who will stop him this time?

Massacre at Murambi

5:10 min
Documentary
Winner of the Global Justice Award

Does the way we respond to the genocide in Rwanda predict our response to Darfur?

By-Standing: The Beginning of an American Lifetime

5:00 min
Spoken Word
Winner of the War and Peace Award Sponsored by Netflix

Kelly Tsai speaks truth to power as she raises her voice against war and complacency.

Grace

3:12 min
Animation
Winner of the Women’s Justice Award

Three women’s lives share an unwanted and violent thread.

I'm Not a Boy

6:10 min
Documentary
Winner of the Empowerment Award

Julie Joyce is not a boy. As a transgendered youth, she just wants what all young people want – to have a positive space to live and grow.

Ashray

6:00 min
Documentary
Winner of the Global Health Award Sponsored by The Green Family Foundation

Affected or infected, the children of Ashray in Bombay live together as one family, despite their HIV status.

Tyttonen (The Young Girl)

5:03 min
Narrative
Winner of the Seeds of Tolerance Award Supported by Third Millennium Foundation

A woman, trapped by time and age, searches for freedom in her childhood memories.

The Final Frontier: Explorers or Warriors?

8:10 min
Documentary
Winner of the Next Generation Award

Two teens from Chicago ask senators, scientists and science fiction fans: Could space be the new battleground?

Superstar

6:15 min
Documentary
Winner of the Emerging Voice Award Supported by The N

With the support and guidance of his family, nothing will stop Naiquan from becoming a superstar.

The Farm Sanctuary

5:31 min
Documentary
Winner of the Good Food Award
Supported by The W. K. Kellogg Foundation


Fifth graders from the Bronx go upstate to meet rescued farm animals and try out veganism, at least for the weekend.


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