Muslim Youth Voices Films Begin Streaming Dec. 10

For five weeks, youth-made films from the MYVP will be promoted through different themes on WorldChannel.org and the PBS app.

The Muslim Youth Voices Project (MYVP), a national initiative of the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM), will begin streaming on WorldChannel.org and on PBS starting December 10, 2018. A total of 32 short films will be released for free viewing on December 10.

For five weeks, youth-made films from the MYVP will be promoted through different themes on WorldChannel.org and the PBS app. The following themes are scheduled to be promoted:

December 10, 2018 – School, Bullying, Friendship
December 17, 2018 – Politics
December 24, 2018 – Music, Arts, Beauty, Identity
December 31, 2018 – Family
January 7, 2019 – The “Every Day” Kid

An initiative funded by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art’s Building Bridges Program and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the MYVP amplifies young people’s expression and celebration of Muslim cultures by giving them the tools to tell their stories — stories often invisible to the national public. Since the summer of 2015, MYVP has provided no-cost, seven-day filmmaking workshops for 44 youth across six U.S. cities: Fremont, CA; New York, NY; Minneapolis, MN; Philadelphia, PA; Portland, OR; and Plano, TX.

The workshops were led by film professionals from the Muslim community such as Hany Massoud, a producer at Democracy Now!; Mustafa Davis, filmmaker and founder of the Ta’leef Collective; Kamau Bilal, a professor of film studies and director of the Sundance film Baby Brother; filmmaker Imran Khan; and Artistic Program Director and Lead Instructor Musa Syeed, an award-winning filmmaker.

“I was surprised not only by the diversity of stories the young filmmakers shared but also the breadth of genre,” Syeed says. “These youth were passionate about everything from eating healthy to the refugee crisis and wanted to share it as a comedy, a sci-fi, a documentary, or other unique genre.”

Visit WorldChannel.org to view the Muslim Youth Voices Project films starting December 10, 2018. Download the PBS app here: http://www.pbs.org/anywhere/home/.

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