Featured on NPR - "Outstanding" School Library JournalViolence in Media • Sociology • Racism • War • Children, Youth & Families • Police Brutality • Rape • Youth Produced Media
Date of Completion: 1992 | Run Time: 29 minutes | Language: English | Captions: No | Directors & Producers: Sarah Feinbloom, Signe Taylor and Teens from Boston Latin School
A model educational video made by a diverse group of eighth graders for young people, documenting their thoughts and concerns about the violence in their lives and communities. Invites young people to think critically about the prevalence of violence and to work towards preventing it. Topics include racism, war, rape, police brutality, and violence in media. For grades 6-12.
MIT The Tech, Vol. 112, Issue 57 | Brian Rosenberg, Editor in Chief
"All the youths involved said the experience was a valuable one and that they were interested in similar projects in the future."
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Director of WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE NOW?
Sarah Feinbloom is an award-winning director, producer and editor whose work includes educational documentaries, dramatic narratives and fundraising videos. She is also the founder and executive director of GOOD DOCS – an educational distribution company specializing in human rights and social issue documentaries. As the head of GOOD DOCS since 2013, Sarah has been responsible, along with her team, for curating a growing collection of impactful educational documentaries. GOOD DOCS films are part of the permanent collections in more than a thousand college and university libraries. She also created GOOD TALKS - a powerful, highly sought out speaker series which has brought filmmakers, activists and their films to hundreds of schools, programs and community groups.
In much of her own documentary film work, Sarah has developed and practiced a collaborative filmmaking approach, partnering with individuals and communities to center their stories and experiences. Her first film was a co-production with her Boston high school students in 1991 called YOUTH TO YOUTH - A Video About Violence. By putting cameras into the hands of her students, she was one of the early independent filmmakers to foster and promote youth led storytelling. In 2005 she directed and produced DAUGHTERS AND SONS - Preventing Child Trafficking In The Golden Triangle which raised over $200,000 for a Thai NGO working on protecting Thai, Hmong, Karen and Vietnamese children. Some of her other credits include EARTH, WATER, WOMAN (2013) about a Rastafarian Trinidadian woman and her community combating climate change in the Caribbean, and MANY LOVES, ONE HEART (2017) on LGBT activists in Jamaica.
Her latest project WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE NOW? (2019) is a feature length follow up to her 2002 documentary WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE? which focus on the spiritual and religious journeys of a diverse group of teens into their adulthoods. Both films premiered at the Mill Valley Film Festival. WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE? aired on PBS in 2003 and screened internationally at venues including the National Association of Multicultural Education and the American Academy of Religion. It was voted “One of the Ten Best Videos for Young Adults in 2003” by the American Library Association and has been shown at over 2,000 schools and colleges. Sarah also created and led participant centered workshops on interfaith dialogue and religious diversity. She has been a featured speaker for the Ford Foundation Difficult Dialogue Series, the Graduate Theological Union's conference Religious Pluralism in the 21st Century, and the Religions For Peace-USA Symposium: Beyond Bigotry.
Sarah has a B.A. in Political Science from Barnard College, Columbia University and an M.A. in Education from Tufts University. She has taught high school social studies, ESL and youth filmmaking workshops.