Celebrating Young Movie Makers

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Their documentaries cover a range of tough topics: Teen prostitution. Sexual orientation discrimination. Immigrant rights. Food justice. These are powerful often heartbreaking stories — and they are all being told be teenagers.

This summer, 22 teen filmmakers were awarded grants from Project VoiceScape, a collaboration between the Adobe Foundation’s global signature philanthropy program Adobe Youth Voices and POV, public television’s longest-running showcase for independent nonfiction films.

Each winning project received $2,000 each in completion funds, and teens got the  opportunity to be mentored by award-winning documentary filmmakers. But their journey is not over yet: On the PBS website, you can watch the 15 films and vote for the Project VoiceScape Audience Award until Sept. 30. Industry professionals will choose two other finalists as Best Documentary and Most Inspiring Documentary.

“Project VoiceScape received 250 applications, with program content ranging from immigration to the environment, identity, disabilities and women’s history,” said POV Executive Vice President Cynthia Lopez. “It was clear to the editorial committees that these young people are on the pulse of what is important in today’s society.”

You can watch one of the winning projects — Oakland, California’s Damari Lawrence, Lal Thapa and Jyoti Gurung’s entry on teen prostitution — here:


We admire these teens for picking up cameras and telling the powerful stories that have impacted their own lives and communities. If you had the camera in your hands, what story would you tell?

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