Indie Films

Our Time

Despite deep polarization in the U.S., young people are making their voices and values heard. Transformed by issues as diverse as gun violence, immigration reform and racial injustice, they are articulating a proactive vision for the future. Season 2 of OUR TIME is produced by youth in partnership with seasoned filmmakers, presenting unvarnished point-of-view stories.

Colorism in America – Shade & Out of Our Heads

26m 46s

Racial stereotyping has a long and insidious history in the U.S. While gains in civil rights have increased significantly, younger generations continue to perpetuate harmful labels, often subtle ones, that undermine people of color. Filmmakers take on the current monikers of colorism and challenge white norms that pervade our society.

Episodes

  • Colorism in America – Shade & Out of Our Heads: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Colorism in America – Shade & Out of Our Heads

    S2 E6 - 26m 46s

    Racial stereotyping has a long and insidious history in the U.S. While gains in civil rights have increased significantly, younger generations continue to perpetuate harmful labels, often subtle ones, that undermine people of color. Filmmakers take on the current monikers of colorism and challenge white norms that pervade our society.

  • Trans Youth in America – Transforming Media & Re-Framing: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Trans Youth in America – Transforming Media & Re-Framing

    S2 E5 - 26m 46s

    One third of transgender youth in America have reported a suicide attempt last year. Behind this chilling statistic is a specter of trans representation in the media that veers from the pathological to the horrific. Filmmakers Amber Young (Transforming Media) and Delaney Mauve (Reframing) tackle trans representation in very personal stories, allowing families to talk openly about gender.

  • Protecting Families – Skinned Knees & Kik-Me!: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Protecting Families – Skinned Knees & Kik-Me!

    S2 E4 - 26m 46s

    At least 1 in 7 kids have experienced child abuse in the past year. Especially when perpetrated by a parent, abuse is often difficult to report. Equally frightening is the ease with which online predators lure teens into abusive relationships. Filmmakers tackle child abuse head on, looking for reconciliation within their families while healing themselves.

  • Blindness and Autism – Blind Sighted & A Lonely Highway: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Blindness and Autism – Blind Sighted & A Lonely Highway

    S2 E3 - 26m 46s

    Representations of Americans with disabilities are in desperate need of a refresh. Even as assistive technologies help people adapt, the stigma associated with blindness and autism, in particular, continue to sting. Filmmakers overcome numerous obstacles with humor and humanity as they seek a deeper sense of belonging.

  • Immigrants and Refugees – Las Hijas  & Leaving Africa: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Immigrants and Refugees – Las Hijas & Leaving Africa

    S2 E2 - 26m 46s

    New immigrants and refugees face steep challenges coming to the U.S. Rarely, though, do we hear candid conversations between immigrant kids and their families. In Las Hijas, filmmaker A. Pena de Niz crafts a deeply intimate portrait of first-generation daughters from Mexico while Rose Nseya (Leaving Africa) recounts the harrowing odyssey of fleeing one’s homeland in search of safer lives.

  • Teen Mental Health and Suicide in Black Families: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Teen Mental Health and Suicide in Black Families

    S2 E1 - 26m 46s

    Suicide is the second leading cause of death for teens in the U.S. While leaders acknowledge a teen mental health crisis, much discourse focuses on suicide as a white issue. Filmmakers Kalia Hunter (Dom) and Kallista Palapas (I'll Be There) recount two young black lives cut short by suicide, and in doing so, compel communities to act.

Extras + Features

  • Teen Mental Health And Suicide In Black Families: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Teen Mental Health And Suicide In Black Families

    S2 E1 - 26m 46s

    Suicide is the second leading cause of death for teens in the U.S. While leaders acknowledge a teen mental health crisis, much discourse focuses on suicide as a white issue. Filmmakers Kalia Hunter (Dom) and Kallista Palapas (I'll Be There) recount two young black lives cut short by suicide, and in doing so, compel communities to act.

Schedule

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