BYkids Mission

BYkids mentors teens to tell their stories through film and share the realities of global inequality and injustice on the world stage. We give kids agency to inspire, empower and enact change. Kids learn citizenry through empathy, using film as a starting point for cross-cultural conversations – in schools, on Public Television, and in screenings and festivals around the world.

The result: Each of our films are viewed and discussed with 106 million teens, educators and their families, creating common ground among us.

Our Films


My Beautiful Nicaragua

1 year ago33291 0


12-year-old Edelsin Linette Mendez illuminates the consequences of climate change on the coffee market, her community’s traditional source of livelihood and Nicaragua’s primary agricultural product.


Poet Against Prejudice

5 years ago64261 0

United States

Faiza Almontaser, a 17-year-old from New York City, immigrated with her family to the US from Yemen when she was in middle school, and she faced vicious bullying because of her Islamic identity. Mentored by the legendary pioneer of direct cinema, Albert Maysles, Faiza shows us her courageous and inspiring journey from victim to activist.


Displaced But Not Defeated

6 years ago134481 0


María Ceballos Paz, a 16-year-old girl, is one of the estimated four million Colombians driven from their homes by decades of civil war. Now living in the slums of Cali, she intimately brings us into her world. Through her lens and mentored by Hollywood television producer, Susan Hoenig, María puts a human face on the cost of civil war and the drug trade.


Fire In Our Hearts

7 years ago722111 0


India native, Jayshree Janu Kharpade (age 16) illuminates the immense social and economic potential of educating girls in the developing world. Jayshree’s film mentor is the renowned Joyce Chopra, a pioneer of documentary cinema.


My Country Is Tibet

10 years ago243381 0


The 17-year-old exiled King of Tibet tells his rare, personal and timely story. Namgyal Wangchuk Trichen Lhagyari is the only living descendent of the first Dharma King of Tibet (617-698 AD). Namgyal Wangchuk represents his long lineage after being coronated a Tibetan King by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. He struggles to retain their traditional culture in the face of persecution.


Home Is Where You Find It

11 years ago78101 0


Two film luminaries help 16-year-old, Alcides Soares, make a short film about his life as an AIDS orphan in Maputo, Mozambique. One of the 500,000 Mozambican kids who lost both parents to AIDS, Alcides’s documentary about finding family is both intimate and inspiring.

“Kids are genuine reporters…
They tell it as they see it.”

The New York Times, Aug. 27, 2014

“BYkids films are a great way to discuss current issues
and engage my students in different cultures.”

– Teacher, High School Global Literature, Texas

“… I think kids understand by media. A video is just like a bow on a gift, it tops off whatever we learned and gives us more information”

– 4th Grader, Vaughan Elementary, Michigan