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Welcome to MediaRights' fifth annual Media That Matters Film Festival. Our jury has chosen 16 innovative shorts on the burning topics of today: Civic Engagement, Justice, Sustainability and more. Choose your connection speed below, select a film to your right, and click on a link to take action on the causes you care about most. STREAM>CLICK>ACTION>

Battleground Minnesota

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All That I Can Be

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Pizza Surveillance Feature

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The News Is What We Make It

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Laptop

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A Girl Named Kai

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Homecoming

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Bad Choices

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Happy Ending

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System Failure

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Fast and Reliable

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Neglected Sky

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Young Agrarians

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World On Fire

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The Luckiest Nut In The World

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Something Other Than Other

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Battleground Minnesota (8 min)
Hip-hop activist Shakademic proves that if Walter Mondale can learn how to scratch, young voters can get schooled in election politics.
All That I Can Be (8:30 min)
William, like many young Americans, feels that joining the military is his only way out of a dead-end job and a rough life.
Pizza Surveillance Feature (2:20 min)
Want some privacy infringement with that? If the Patriot Act continues to grow in scope, you may get more than mushrooms with your next pizza order.
The News Is What We Make It (8:21 min)
When the same company owns all the TV stations in town, where can you turn for an alternative perspective? A high-schooler gets burned and turns insult into action.
Laptop (0:30 min)
A computer is only as advanced as the person behind the keyboard. Laptop reminds us that the digital divide still resides within our borders.
A Girl Named Kai (8:00 min)
Through a stirring poetic mix of video and sound, Kai appeals to her traditional Taiwanese parents for acceptance in spite of her untraditional take on life and love.
Homecoming (5:30 min)
When coming out makes Ron a target for attack, he finds a school where respect and acceptance are taught alongside Math and English.
Bad Choices (3:00 min)
Without a support system, it's hard for a teenager to stay out of trouble. Aderian reflects on the lessons he has learned from his bad choices.
Happy Ending (8:00 min)
Drugs have taken Chris's mom out of his life but not out of his heart. In this personal travelogue, he goes to Philadelphia in search of a happy ending.
System Failure (8:00 min)
Physical abuse, sexual harassment, inadequate education for incarcerated youth – if a society can be graded by how it treats its prisoners, then the state of California gets an "F."
Fast and Reliable (7:53 min)
Nothing can stop Dexter the bike messenger — not homelessness or even a close encounter with a ten-ton truck.
Neglected Sky (1:36 min)
In this fast-paced animation, youth producer John Cooney shows us that a little effort can go a long way in reversing global warming.
Young Agrarians (8:00 min)
Young people plant the seeds for a sustainable future in this portrait of organic farming in California.
World On Fire (4:20 min)
$5,000 could cover the cost of hair and make-up for one day on set in LA or pay for one year’s schooling for 145 girls in Afghanistan. Sarah McLachlan does the math and encourages you to join her.
The Luckiest Nut In The World (8:00 min)
A singing peanut and his gang of shelled friends explain that sometimes free trade is just nuts.
Something Other Than Other (7:05 min)
New parents Jerry and Andrea have endured their own share of discrimination growing up. They hope their newborn son can grow up identifying as something other than "other."

Sixth Annual Media That Matters World Premiere
Join us for the World Premiere of the sixth annual Media That Matters Film Festival on May 31, 2006. Be among the first to see the 16, inspiring short films we selected this year. Get your tickets now!