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Saturday, September 19 • 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Education and Social Change: Slum Dreams (11 min), School Zone (12 min), Finding the Gold Within (92 min)

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Slum Dreams

Made For Video • 10 min 57 sec • Biography 
Completed August 2014

With big dreams to become a journalist and a pilot, two children from the slum must find a way to pursue their education in order to achieve their goals. The YCCM (Young County Change-Makers) is an organization in the Nyalenda Slum in Kisumu, Kenya, that provides support and guidance to help youth reach their full potential

School Zone

Made For Video • 12 min • Drama 
Completed February 2015

12 year old Jared and Yasmin wait in silence outside the principal's office, while on the other side of the door, their parents' arguments escalate on their behalf. Differences get sorted out in the school zone.

Finding the Gold Within

Movie • 1 hr 32 min • Drama 
Completed September 2014

Six young Black men from Akron, Ohio, enter college, determined to redefine society's images and low expectations. Despite their confidence, the stark reality of being away from home brings a series of crises. 

Well trained in critical and metaphorical thinking, and unusually articulate about their inner lives, each of the protagonists guides us to his core. Since sixth grade, they have been part of the innovative mentoring program 'Alchemy, Inc.' that uses mythological stories, drumming and writing. In the twice-yearly reunion workshops, everyone speaks of his trials and his triumphs with authenticity, intelligence, honesty and heart. 

In turns quiet, thoughtful and exuberant, the six protagonists grow before our eyes, whether navigating racial provocations, or seeking support with new friends, estranged fathers and wise grandmothers. 


Saturday September 19, 2015 12:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
Showplace ICON Theater 1011 S Delano Ct, Chicago, IL 60605 (312) 447-6304

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