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Act Out: Shorts Program

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 12:30pm
Trailer(s)

Act Out: Shorts Program

NO MEMBERSHIP REQUIRED. OPEN TO YOUTH UNDER 18.

THIS SCREENING IS PART OF THE RATED Y SERIES AND WILL INCLUDE A POST-FILM DISCUSSION.

From Palestine to Italy, civil war and other humanitarian crises have forced kids around the world to discover different ways to preserve their sense of agency and dignity. This program of short films explores the multiple forms that activism can take, whether that’s postering, skateboards, or friendship. These kids find a way to take back their own power and help others in the process.

Epicly Palestine’d: The Birth of Skateboarding in the West Bank
Theo Krish | UK | 2015 | 26 mins
Skateboarding rules! In the face of military occupation, a group of Palestinian teens take to the streets with their boards. Life in the West Bank isn’t easy. Bombs and bullets are an everyday threat, and there’s nowhere to buy a new skateboard. -SC

I Am Not Afraid of the Soldiers
Rinske Bosch | The Netherlands | 2015 | 21 mins
Cement walls and guard towers are just part of daily life for young Yazan. Living in a Palestinian refugee camp, he refuses to surrender his autonomy. Through art and action, he and his friends confront Israeli soldiers. -SC

SOS Friendship
Els van Driel | The Netherlands | 2015 | 18 mins
In Catania, Italy, the arrival of boatloads of refugees is almost a daily occurrence. Twelve-year-old Leitizia wants to help. Her father works at a refugee centre, where she spends a lot of her time befriending newcomers. Her philosophy is simple: “They’re not a burden to us. They’re people with a heart and a soul and they all have their talents.” -SC

Rated Y Panelist

Nour Youssef

Nour is a young Palestinian-Canadian whose background has allowed her to gain great insight into the reality of injustice and oppression in occupied societies. She has been trying to encourage people to show their solidarity towards individuals under occupation, specifically Palestinians, by hosting public solidarity events in Vancouver. Her goal is to ultimately work on closing the gap between people living under occupation and the rest of the world, to create a firm support system by maintaining a solidary approach.

Rated Y Panelist

Nada Elmasry

Nada is a Libyan-born Palestinian who came to Canada in 2006. Before coming to Canada as a landed immigrant with her family, she was stateless while living in the Middle East. Nada completed her undergrad at Simon Fraser University, with a major in Education and minor in Counseling. Due to her life experiences and education, Nada feels very passionate about working with and engaging newcomer youth. She is currently working as a youth worker for the Moving Ahead Program for Youth at Pacific Community Resources Society (PCRS), providing services to immigrant and refugee youth.