HI Youth Social Justice Film Fest 1

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December 10, 2022
1:00pm Hawaiian Time
 12/10/2022 01:00:00 pm12/10/2022 02:00:00 pmPacific/HonoluluHI Youth Social Justice Film Fest 1Welcome to the 2022 Hawaiʻi Youth Social Justice Film Fest Through its roster of films produced during this year's Social Justice themed youth filmmaking programs, the Fest will spark conversations on pressing topics impacting our communities.https://ovee.itvs.org/screenings/cyy09Vera Zambonellivera@hawaiiwomeninfilmmaking.orgfalseMM/DD/YYYY

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Welcome to the 2022 Hawaiʻi Youth Social Justice Film Fest

Through its roster of films produced during this year's Social Justice themed youth filmmaking programs, the Fest will spark conversations on pressing topics impacting our communities.

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Two Faced

Jasmine comes face to face with two influencers that she admires. As she makes decisions throughout her day, the two influencers tell her what to do. When everything becomes too much for Jasmine, she has to decide what is important to her.

Angel Cake

On her birthday, a young woman struggles with balancing disordered eating habits with the weight of turning 18. Director Statement: The story we created was a more realistic portrayal of eating disorders. I was looking to create a story that does not exclusively focus on the restrictive aspect of having an eating disorder, but to also show the other side effects that come with this disorder such as self-isolation and binging. Eating disorders are often portrayed by underweight white women and romanticize disordered eating; we wanted to portray it honestly, including the parts that we do not often see. This short film was produced during 2022 Making Media That Matters (Jan 22 - March 5, 2022) organized by Hawaiʻi Women in Filmmaking.

Best Friends?

This is a story of friendship, magical powers, and betrayal. This short film was produced during 2022 Making Media That Matters (Jan 22 - March 5, 2022) organized by Hawaiʻi Women in Filmmaking.

Justice is Dead

When the renowned detective Anastasia Justice finds her own cousin dead, she goes through a journey filled with twists and turns to uncover the truth behind his untimely death. This short is a commentary on corruption in the justice system. This short film was produced during 2022 Making Media That Matters (Jan 22 - March 5, 2022) organized by Hawaiʻi Women in Filmmaking.

Persevere

This story is about three friends who grapple with their own problems. This short film was produced during the Youth Mental Wellness Reel Camp for Girls organized by Hawai‘i Women in Filmmaking in collaboration with Mental Health America of Hawaiʻi and the UHM Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation Campus Center and thanks to the generous support of the National Endowments for the Arts.

O is for Oliver

In the film, O is for Oliver, a young woman named Jane discovers a new part of herself, and starts her journey as nonbinary. But, their mental health and ability to efficiently work in the office is stunted due to constant deadnaming and misgendering. This short film was produced during the Youth Mental Wellness Reel Camp for Girls organized by Hawai��i Women in Filmmaking in collaboration with Mental Health America of Hawaiʻi and the UHM Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation Campus Center and thanks to the generous support of the National Endowments for the Arts.

Finding Us

This film is about three girls that struggle with their mental health. All three of them meet unexpectedly in a bathroom and become friends instantly. They all overcame their mental struggles by helping each other get through it. This short film was produced during the Youth Mental Wellness Reel Camp for Girls organized by Hawai‘i Women in Filmmaking in collaboration with Mental Health America of Hawaiʻi and the UHM Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation Campus Center and thanks to the generous support of the National Endowments for the Arts.

Behind My Smile

Riley is struggling emotionally, and ignoring their problems is not working. This short film was produced during the Youth Mental Wellness Reel Camp for Girls organized by Hawai‘i Women in Filmmaking in collaboration with Mental Health America of Hawaiʻi and the UHM Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation Campus Center and thanks to the generous support of the National Endowments for the Arts.

The Sub

A young girl faces bad grades, unsupportive parents, and a mysterious substitute teacher. In this film we wanted to address the problem of how parents push what their kid has aside and don’t listen to them and how it can affect their child.

Monotonous Cycle

A teenage girl excited for school to open up but then dismayed to learn that it will remain online because of the pandemic. This short film was made to shed light on how the pandemic has negatively affected teensʻ lives because of the monotonous and repetitive schedule that quarantine pushed upon us. Our main character spirals to the point where she gives up on maintaining herself and her space because she sees no point in trying. Due to feeling isolated, I think that many teens hit that same low during lockdown, where they only did things that gave them instant gratification and neglected either school work or physical/mental health.

I Want What Is Best For You

Stella is a young girl who wants to pursue her music career, however, her mother has other plans for her to become an engineer. Stella goes through an internal struggle trying to get her mothers approval while still pursuing what she loves most behind her mothers back. Live life on your own terms and stop seeking approval from other people.

Nothing: Asexuality by a Teenager

A girl figures out that she is missing something that most people understand and seeks help from friends. The idea behind this film was to represent a minority that rarely gets represented in mainstream media and within the LGBTQIA+ community: Asexuality. People within the asexual community, shortened to ace, are more ofter than not under represented and misrepresented. Drawing on personal experiences, I did my best to represent this community with common situations we find ourselves in. I hope the ace community and ace questioning people find some comfort in this film and know that there are more of us out there than you know. I will do my best to continue to represent us as best as I can! When filming the innuendo scene over dinner, I could not keep a straight face and neither could my friends. Normally I don’t get the joke right away or at all but they told me what they were going to say before so I had time to think it over and we couldn’t stop laughing after that. For context, the bed we are sitting on in the film was a blow up air mattress. Right before we started filming, one of my friends was bouncing around on it and started flailing around because they were falling off. We all immediately helped them but we couldn’t stop laughing after that too because they are known to be quite clumsy. This short film was produced during the 2022 Fall Online Reel Camp for Girls organized by Hawaiʻi Women in Filmmaking.

Detached

Juliet and Amelia are in a toxic relationship and find a way to exit it. Detached brings awareness about toxic relationships, the unhealthy effects of being codependent, and teenage depression. Detached shows a boundaryless relationship, and is about how both people in it want to leave. Originally, Detached was about a real relationship experience and how that person could not leave the relationship in fear of hurting that personʻs mental health even more. In addition to this, it was agreed upon to show both sides of the relationship to see how both partners had wanted to leave. This short film was produced during the 2022 Fall Reel Camp organized by Hawaiʻi Women in Filmmaking.

61min 21sec

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    Vera Zambonelli

    For over 10 years, Vera has been advocating for gender justice in filmmaking through an intersectional lens. Vera founded Hawaiʻi Women in Filmmaking in 2011 to provide a space for wāhine filmmakers to connect, collaborate, and support each other. In 2017, Vera launched the production of Reel Wāhine of Hawai‘i, a short doc film series that redresses gender inequity in the film industry by documenting the real-life stories of Hawai‘i women filmmakers.

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