+ ++ NYC high school students create winning video about appreciating diversity | Latina Lista

NYC high school students create winning video about appreciating diversity

NYC high school students create winning video about appreciating diversity

LatinaLista -- It's often heard these days that there is too much hate speech in the country; too much intolerance. Unfortunately, most of the young people in this nation are on the frontline of this unrest. Public schools are one of the few places where people of different religions, ethnicities, races, disabilities and sexual orientations are thrown together into one physical place on a daily basis and expected to get along.

I am this land.jpg

It can either be viewed as an opportunity or an annoyance by young people. One group of high schoolers, from Flushing International High School in Queens, New York City, choose to view diversity as an opportunity.

The winning student filmmakers celebrate the success of their video "Role Call."

As a result, they won First Place in the national film contest, I Am This Land, sponsored by the human rights organization Breakthrough.

The contest challenged young people across the country to make a video on diversity using the words, "I Am This Land."

The contest was Breakthrough's response to the divisive rhetoric of the past year, and sought to give young people the opportunity to celebrate diversity and recommit to building a society that respects human rights and values dignity, equality and justice.

The Flushing International High School students came up with an imaginative way to illustrate embracing diversity in all its forms and the possibilities that exist for everyone.

Their film "Role Call" was about a young student in class who, through daydreams, explores gender, cultural expression, and racial stereotypes.

"The video was created in response to several incidents of violence in our school, and our desire to use media to promote respect and tolerance in our school and beyond," said teacher Dillon Paul. "Our students come from approximately 40 different countries and speak 20 different languages. Like most high schools, however, cultural differences, sexual and gender identity can be sources of discomfort and fear, leading to bigotry, bullying and violence."

From Jean Franco Vergaray Franco (a student, and Lead Director and Editor on the film), "That we could portray one person being all these different personalities, all these different identities, was just a way to say, diversity is okay. People shouldn't be labeled."


Click to add a comment

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply


More in Children


Looks like children’s book publishers need longer time-out to improve diversity in titles

Latina ListaFebruary 26, 2015

Are poor Latino kids the same as their poor white and black peers? Depends on the generation

Latina ListaFebruary 19, 2015

Creators behind Latino children’s summer reading program create special “DIY” reading camp to boost literacy and writing

Latina ListaJune 13, 2014

New study finds low-income Latino parents encourage obesity behaviors in their children beginning in infancy

Latina ListaMarch 17, 2014

Video: Foster care reform includes looking at the facts and acting — not reacting

Latina ListaMarch 11, 2014

Video: Understanding the special needs of siblings of special-needs children

Latina ListaFebruary 4, 2014

Book Review: Young girl learns the value of civic involvement — to a salsa beat

Latina ListaDecember 20, 2013

Viernes Video: Filmmaker creates mini-film about the plight of migrant farmworker children

Latina ListaNovember 8, 2013

Families asked to sign pledge in debut of National Brush Day campaign

Latina ListaNovember 1, 2013