YOUTH CINEMEDIA 2021 SHORT DOCUMENTARIES
Coils and Curls
With styles like box braids, twists, kinks, and coils deeply ingrained in Black culture, what is the history of Black hair and why does cultural appropriation matter now more than ever?
Directed by Sierra Shelton
Defend the Sacred – The San Marcos Foothills
Can community members and local Chumash come together in time to save one of Santa Barbara’s most sacred and beautiful open spaces from development?
Directed by Malakai Castañeda, Mathew Martinez, Mia Sweeney, and Osiris Castañeda
Dreams on Hold
Faced with an uncertain future, a college athlete deals with the repercussions of a global pandemic.
Directed by Sycamore Mitchell
Dreams to Life
This film offers a friendly reminder to embrace the beauty of life and the people around us.
Directed by Logan Flynn
Everything’s for Sale
A series of unfortunate events leads to the start of a clothing line. Will boredom stop creativity during quarantine, or will Rumi flourish?
Directed by JB Packer
La Mexicana Bakery
Family, culture, and food prove that the American Dream is still possible in a legendary bakery in Austin, Texas.
Directed by Yum Cimil
Life on Break
With children kept at home and the death toll climbing, what happens when the world is put on pause due to a worldwide killer virus?
Directed by Vesela Ivanova
The New Normal
Four young adults cope with the new realities of living in a global pandemic.
Directed by Daniela Estrada
A young filmmaker looks at COVID-19 through the eyes of those on Boston’s streets.
Directed by Jan Bloch
The Sound of Thunder
This film examines the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on families and individuals of the community of Maui.
Directed by Ha’ena Balibin