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THE FOURTH ANNUAL MEDIA THAT MATTERS FILM FESTIVAL

Welcome to MediaRights' fourth annual Media That Matters Film Festival. Our jury has chosen 16 short films on the burning topics of today: Corporate Accountability, Sustainable Agriculture, Civil Liberties, Youth Media and more. Choose your media player 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

I Promise Africa

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iThemba

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Seeds of Hope: South Africa

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The Meatrix

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Laugh at the Fat Kid

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Lean on Me

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Books Not Bars

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The Children of Birmingham

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Day of Remembrance

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Dedicated to My Family

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Struggling to Survive

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The Sixth Section

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Novela, Novela

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Spring in Awe

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POPaganda: The Art and Subversion of Ron English

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I Promise Africa

2:40 min
Public Service Announcement
Winner of the Jury Award Sponsored by National Film Network

While making a documentary about orphans, a filmmaker preserves the voices of a generation that will soon be silenced.

iThemba

5:19 min
Documentary Short
Winner of the Health Advocacy Award Sponsored by Sundance Channel

The Sinikithemba Choir turns stage into soapbox, singing and speaking for 5 million HIV+ South Africans.

Seeds of Hope: South Africa

6:12 min
International Documentary
Winner of the Environment Award

A group of women in a South African township learn how to sustain themselves and their children.

The Meatrix

3:47 min
Flash Animation
Winner of the Film for Thought Award Sponsored by Heifer International

Will Leo the pig take the blue pill and remain in a fantasyland where quaint family farms produce food for our tables?

Laugh at the Fat Kid

7:57 min
Narrative Short
Winner of the Peter Yarrow Peace in Our Classrooms Award Sponsored by Frank Marshall

A young boy caught in a cycle of ridicule and overeating — what’s wrong with this picture?

Lean on Me

1:46 min
Youth Digital Story
Winner of the Youth Digital Story Award Sponsored by the Waitt Family Foundation

When the mayor’s office says “no,” a group of kids find a safe place to play basketball.

Books Not Bars

3:44 min
Campaign Portrait
Winner of the Criminal Justice Award Sponsored by Open Society Institute

The teens of the Books Not Bars movement demand that education be the government’s priority, now and in the future.

The Children of Birmingham

6:17 min
Animation
Winner of the Youth Video Award Sponsored by Time Warner Foundation

Baltimore youth tell the story of their 1960s counterparts who fought for civil rights.

Day of Remembrance

8:00 min
Political Documentary
Winner of the Racial Justice Award

Sixty years have passed between Pearl Harbor and September 11th, but have things really changed for Arab and Muslim Americans?

Dedicated to My Family

3:51 min
Personal Documentary
Winner of the Family and Society Award

Living in a teen shelter, Nicole has learned that family is where the heart is.

Struggling to Survive

7:37 min
Youth Documentary
Winner of the Youth Documentary Award Sponsored by Time Warner Foundation

Teenagers in eastern Kentucky turn their cameras on the living wage crisis in their community.

The Sixth Section

8:10 min
Social Documentary
Winner of the American Dream Award Sponsored by Netflix

During the cold winters of upstate New York, a group of immigrants work together to give back to their hometown of Boqueron, Mexico.

Novela, Novela

7:20 min
International Documentary
Winner of the Women’s Rights Award

A group of Nicaraguan activists produce a homegrown soap opera about issues like safe sex and domestic abuse.

Bush for Peace

1:56 min
Satirical Short
Winner of the Politics and Government Award

It’s Dubya as you’ve never heard him before in a re-mix of U.S. foreign policy.

Spring in Awe

4:00 min
Experimental Short
Winner of the Media Awareness Award Sponsored by AIVF

The overpowering displays of Times Square put a spell on the world in a disturbing lullaby of global capitalism.

POPaganda: The Art and Subversion of Ron English

8:24 min
Portrait
Winner of the Media Literacy Award Sponsored by Paola Freccero

Ron English’s billboards force the man on the street to look twice…or maybe three times.


The Media That Matters Film Festival is a project of Arts Engine Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization