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
FILMMAKER OF “AGAINST THE CURRENT” SHARES HER STORY WITH A PICTURE’S WORTH
In this special episode of A Picture’s Worth: Refocusing Narratives, award-winning documentary filmmaker and teen Daunnette Moniz-Reyome shares the story behind a single frame of AGAINST THE CURRENT that shows her in conversation minutes before her long-awaited feathering ceremony.
The BYkids’ film, which debuts on public television in April 2021, was named Best Documentary Student Short at the 2020 Woodstock Film Festival and won the Emerging Filmmakers Award at the Socially Relevant Film Festival.
“It felt like in that moment, it was like all these women really became like, like mothers to me and like a sister to me,” says Daunnette.
Daunnette Reyome’s feathering ceremony in August 2019 was a testament to the strength of the women in her life. The image she chose for this special APW episode shows a scene just before the ceremony, where she is surrounded by her mother, her Auntie Marissa, her Auntie Shelby (who holds her ceremonial feather) and Shelby’s daughter Sidney, who has become like a sister to her. Reyome was selected by the New York-based nonprofit BYkids to direct a documentary about her life in Nebraska, and that film, Against the Current, debuts on PBS this month. In advance of its release, Reyome took the time to connect with APW for this exciting collaboration.LISTEN HERE
April 5, 2021
PBS LEARNINGMEDIA OFFERS GRADES 7-12 SCHOOL MATERIAL FOR SEASON THREE FILMS
Films BYkids pairs master filmmakers with teenagers from around the world to create short personal documentaries that encourage understanding and engagement about globally relevant issues. The young storytellers featured in Films BYkids grew up experiencing the effects of exile, illiteracy, disease, war, and bigotry.
Learn tips and strategies for teaching with digital media, get the story behind the FILMS BYKIDS series, and find out about ways to enrich and expand student understanding with this free webinar recording from EdWeb.
Additional classroom resources are available on the BYkids website. You can watch the full-length films on Thirteen.org. Extend the learning with PenPal Schools, an organization that connects students from around the world to learn and share perspectives on Films BYkids .
What educators are saying about Films BYkids:
“The films are fascinating for me and my students. They offer a perspective that my American students rarely see–that of a child in another part of the world.”
“The films not only inform, they engage students’ imagination and passion–which is always at the heart of true learning, true understanding and insight.”
“[These films are] important in building bridges of understanding across cultures.”
Finally, a THIRTEEN blog features POET AGAINST PREJUDICE in a roundup of Arab Americans in the news and films, a bit of NY history, and featured partners including BYkids. https://www.thirteen.org/blog-post/arab-american-heritage-month/
April 1, 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.
April 1, 2021
MIKE MARTIN IS NAMED JUDGE IN THE VIDEOS FOR CHANGE COMPETITION
This is impact! Mike Martin, BYkids director of I COULD TELL YOU ‘BOUT MY LIFE is named a judge for the 2021 US Videos for Change competition run by our friends at High Resolves. Middle and high school students are invited to submit a one-minute video about the social issue they are most passionate about, with the goal of inspiring others to care about the issue and take action. Deadline is April 30.
March 25, 2021
“FAITH’S WORLD” SELECTED FOR RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL IN SEPTEMBER
FAITH’S WORLD is an official selection of the RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL. 16-year-old Faith Guilbault from Baltimore, Maryland loves skydiving, horseback riding and has walked the runway at Fashion Week in New York City. She is also one of 61 million people in the United States 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 people living with and without a disability.
The Richmond International Film Festival (RIFF) screens more than 125 international cutting edge films, making it one of the Mid-Atlantic’s largest international competitive festivals. The festival will run September 7-12, 2021
March 21, 2021
“AGAINST THE CURRENT” DIRECTOR WINS EMERGING FILMMAKERS AWARD AT SOCIALLY RELEVANT FILM FESTIVAL NEW YORK
Daunnette Moniz-Reyome, director of AGAINST THE CURRENT, wins the Emerging Filmmakers Award at the SR Socially Relevant Film Festival in New York. Congratulations to Daunnette and her mentor, Evan Mascagni.
March 20, 2021
“AGAINST THE CURRENT” SELECTED FOR SILICON VALLEY’S CINEQUEST FILM FESTIVAL
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.
March 4, 2021
“L’CHAIM” HAS WORLD PREMIERE AT THE HARMONIE CLUB, NEW YORK
It was an exciting world premiere screening and panel discussion of L’CHAIM for the Harmonie Club with the young filmmaker (Semon Shabaev), his mentor (Anja Baron), Semon’s sister and best friend – all from Berlin. We all learned so much about what it means to be Jewish and German. L’CHAIM will broadcast as part of the national Films BYkids series on WNET on Sunday, April 18 at 7:30.
February 25, 2021
COLLEGE STUDENT GROUP PARTNERS WITH CALIFORNIA FILM INSTITUTE AND BYKIDS TO HOST SCREENING, CONVERSATION AND ENGAGEMENT
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.