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Picture Yourself

Picture Yourself
Adolescence is a difficult period in everyone?s life. Changes both physical and emotional intersect and youth begin to a search for and test their identity. This documentary film project will explore what youth from different cultures and in different continents experience. In collaboration with a series of international non-governmental organizations (INGO), or aid organizations, who work with youth in post-conflict or economically devastated areas, using the tools of photography we will assist selected youth to express themselves and share with their communities as well as the filmmaker their questions, experiences, and struggles. This process of exploration will be documented by the filmmaker as well as open the door to spotlighting a few of those youth from each group in different countries.

Starting in a refugee camp outside Entebbe, Uganda we will work with youth, many of whom are orphaned by the decades-old fighting, to document their stories of survival and views of their future without parental guidance to pass on important life skills. From there we will pass into Asia, to the far west of China where both native Uighur youth and Han Chinese live close together precariously. Uighur culture, far more connected to Turkey than Han China, is being destroyed by modernity and the flood of migrants into their lands. Han Chinese, on the other hand, come to the region of Xinjiang for employment but subsequently feel like foreigners in their own country. Beyond China, the documentary will film in Guam, an American protectorate, which is very economically distressed and greatly affected by the drug flows from Asia to North America. Drug-affected youth (those who directly use or are children of addicts) must find their identity in this extremely remote region of the Pacific Ocean. As development continues, the filmmaker will partner with more organizations to tell the stories of the youth they serve. Examples of such include Sudan, as well as South Sudan (now a separate country), the former Soviet republic of Georgia, Tajikistan, contested regions of Kashmir between Pakistan and India and Nagorno-Karabakh between Azerbaijan and Armenia, the Cenepa valley region of Peru, Nepal, Albania, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Youth are the future of any culture and any country. How they are raised and what they internalize ultimately will affect the future of their native countries. A large part of the INGO community?s work involves youth life skills development to help assist the international leaders of the next decades get an informed start in life. This documentary will illuminate the similarities and differences of these youth from culturally disparate countries going through adolescence.

During production, stills and video of the work will be uploaded to the project website to elicit discussion as well as involve fans of the project in on the direction of the final product which will not only be a feature length film, but also an accompanying book. Additionally, images created by the youth will be sold and 100% of the proceeds returned to the partnering NGO to assist in continuing their educational programming. The final film will also be given free of charge to participating organizations for their educational usage.

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