Fly By Light

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Subjects: African American Studies, American Studies, Anthropology, At Risk Youth, Children's Rights, Family Studies, Nature, Poverty, Psychology, Sociology, Teacher Education, Youth Issues

Grade Level: SrH-Adult
Producer: Video Project
Closed Captioned: Yes
Running Time: 83 mins
Country of Origin: United States
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 2013
Available in French: No

Fly By Light is an intimate exploration of young people seeking to overcome the violence in their lives and create a new path for their future by connecting to a world outside their neighbourhoods.

In Washington, DC, where high school dropout rates average 40%, a group of teenagers participates in an ambitious peace education youth program that takes them out of their tough neighbourhoods and into the beautiful mountains of West Virginia. For the first time in their lives, Mark, Asha, Martha, and Corey play in mountain streams, sing under the stars, and confront the entrenched abuse, violence and neglect of their past.

The week-long outing is part of the 9 month Fly By Light program that uses nature immersion, music, art, conflict resolution, and social-emotional learning techniques to help young people overcome the trauma, grief and anger they often hold inside – and that holds them back.

Taken outside their comfort zone, and showered with support from caring mentors, we witness the city walls come down and their full selves emerge, armed with a greater sense of life’s possibilities. The film follows the four as they return home, where each continues over the next year to face different hurdles and roadblocks they must confront to build a better life.

The film provides a window into the immense pain and challenges that many young people carry today, while also showing their incredible capacity for transformation when given the support and tools to better understand themselves and their potential, and to connect with others in a positive way.
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 "Beautifully put together... Using intensive experiences with nature, meditation, mindfulness, and vulnerability, the educators hope to give the teens the tools to break the cycle of poverty and violence. With the right framing and mind-set, this film could be an empathetic look into lives very different from other students’, or a reflection for similar communities that are trying to build anti-violence programming." – School Library Journal

Winner Audience Choice Award - Boulder Life Film Festival 

Official Selection:
Alexandria Film Festival 
Albuquerque Film & Media Experience 
Bahamas International Film Festival 
Capitol City Black Film Festival 
Urban Media Makers Film Festival 
Legacy Media Institute International Film Festival 
Culture Unplugged Film Festival 
Maryland International Film Festival 
Brooklyn Girl Film Festival 
The Northern Virginia International Film Festival


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