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“Buddhism, Bhutan and Me” Airing on Public Televison

Eighteen-year-old Rinzin Jurmey from Bhutan decided to become a monk and student of Buddhism when he was eleven years old. While many of his peers in modern schools are more materialistic, Jurmey enjoys a contemplative lifestyle. Bhutan, a small nation which was cut off from the rest of the world until only a few decades ago, uses a Gross National Happiness Index rather than gross domestic product to measure economic and moral progress and promote Buddhist spiritual values. But tourism, technology, and globalization have had a major impact on the country. As Jurmey travels between his monastery, his mountain village, and the city, he meets with hip hop dancers, video game enthusiasts, and sports fans, seeking to understand the intersection of tradition and pop culture. With guidance from cinematographer Cat Papadimitriou, Jurmey documents the ways in which he–and his country–are striving to preserve ancient practices while embracing modernity.

New York metro area, THIRTEEN: Sunday, April 25, at 7:30 PM

National viewers, please check your local listings.


Evan Mascagni, BYkids mentor of AGAINST THE CURRENT, has a new film. Named after the book by Father James Martin, BUILDING A BRIDGE follows a priest on his journey to make the Catholic Church more accepting of the LGBTQ+ community, despite loud opposition from both within and outside the Church. Executive produced by Martin Scorsese, the film is premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival in June. Congratulations to Nick Capezzera (cinematographer and producer) and Michal Labik (editor), who also worked on AGAINST THE CURRENT with BYkids.

“FAITH’S WORLD” Airing on Public Televison

Sixteen-year-old Faith Guilbault, from Baltimore, Maryland, loves skydiving and horseback riding and has walked the runway at Fashion Week in New York City. She is also one of 61 million people in the US living with a disability. Guilbault is visually impaired and has cerebral palsy, which affects her ability to move and maintain balance and posture. Yet she does not want anyone to feel sorry for her. She is resilient, hard-working, and determined to realize her dreams. With guidance from filmmaker Joyce Chopra, Guilbault shines light on her world, inviting viewers to focus on the similarities rather than differences between abled and disabled people.

New York metro area, THIRTEEN: Sunday, April 25, at 7:00 PM

National viewers, please check your local listings.

“L’Chaim” Airing on Public Televison

Nineteen-year-old Semon Shabaev, a Jewish native of Berlin, is proud of his religious and cultural heritage, attending a Jewish school, participating in a Jewish theater group, and playing on a Jewish soccer team in his hometown. As the last generation of Holocaust survivors fades into history, a new wave of Jews, including Shabaev’s family, has emigrated to the country that attempted to eradicate them. Shabaev interviews community leaders, friends, and rabbis, observes a remembrance service, and facilitates a cross-cultural workshop as he examines German-Jewish identity. Mentored by filmmaker Anja Baron, Shabaev shines a light on resurgent Jewish life in Germany at a time of rising worldwide antisemitism.

New York metro area, THIRTEEN: Sunday, April 18, at 7:30 PM

National viewers, please check your local listings for air dates beginning April 6, 2021.

Season Three of Films BYkids airing on public television beginning April 6, 2021

Teens document antisemitism, disability, generational trauma and globalization in Season Three of Films BYkids airing on public television beginning April 6, 2021.

The new season of Films BYkids presents teenagers from diverse cultures documenting their experience of struggle and triumph dealing with antisemitism, disability, generational trauma and globalization. A collaboration between THIRTEEN and BYkids, Films BYkids pairs accomplished filmmakers with teens from around the world to create short personal documentaries that encourage understanding about universal issues and help foster empathy and global citizenry.

In the New York metro area, the series begins airing on Sunday, April 18, at 7:00 p.m. on THIRTEEN.

Sunday, April 18, at 7:00 PM for AGAINST THE CURRENT
Sunday, April 18, at 7:30 PM for L’CHAIM
Sunday, April 25, at 7:00 PM for FAITH’S WORLD
Sunday, April 25, at 7:30 PM for BUDDHISM, BHUTAN AND ME

National viewers, please check your local listings for air dates beginning April 6, 2021.


AGAINST THE CURRENT screens at the Cinejoy Film Festival March 20-30 as part of a lineup of 200 films from 55 countries (111 of them world and U.S. premieres) and virtual experiences for a 10-day event that kicks off March 20. 


A group of 20 college kids from the Transdisciplinary Education and Arts Collaboration Hub (TEACH) imagined and organized a powerful night of film, conversation and engagement by partnering with the California Film Institute EDUCATION and BYkids with a screening of I COULD TELL YOU ‘BOUT MY LIFE (documenting Mike Martin’s return to Harlem after five months on Rikers Island), a live conversation between director Mike Martin and his mentor Chiemi Karasawa and moderated by Kenyamarie Mahone (TEACH member and Pomona College student) with a lively audience Q&A, a virtual after party featuring musical performances by Mike Martin, New York-based poet/Hip-Hop artist Messiah Ramkissoon and percussion artist Bashiri Johnson and an opportunity to TAKE ACTION.


We welcome two new Board members who bring amazing expertise to our mission, Maya Kopytman and Brian Mateo. Maya Kopytman is a partner at C&G Partners in New York City, a multi-specialty creative studio dedicated to design for culture. She has three decades of design experience and is internationally recognized for her pioneering work in interactive media. After more than a decade at IconNicholson, where she served as Chief Creative Officer, Maya joined C&G Partners in 2006, where she leads interactive, web and branding for non-profit and cultural institutions.

Brian Mateo is Bard College’s Associate Dean of Civic Engagement and Director of Strategic Partnerships for the Globalization and International Affairs Program. Brian is also a term member on the Council on Foreign Relations, a trustee at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, a Truman National Security Project fellow and a Climate Reality Leader.


Amelia Spalter (Brown University, Class of 2022) interviews Founder and Executive Director of BYkids, Holly Carter, for “Brown University Interviews”.

Holly Carter is the Founder and Executive Director of BYkids, a non-profit organization pairing master filmmakers, including Albert Maysles and Joyce Chopra, with youth from around the world to create short documentaries that educate Americans about globally relevant issues. She began her career as a writer and editor at The New York Times where she was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. She was awarded a Henry Luce scholarship and moved to South Korea where she reported for Sisa Weekly Magazine. She went on to produce the critically acclaimed documentary Margaret Sanger, co-found North Carolina’s Full Frame Film Festival, produce the PBS series Media Matters, and serve as the Executive Director of the Global Film Initiative before ultimately founding BYkids. BYkids films will enter their third season on public television in April 2021. READ FULL ARTICLE HERE