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    Sealth film wins gold at Social Justice Film Festival
    Posted on 11/19/2014

    "Riffing on the Dream," the provocative film created by Chief Sealth International High School's Black Student Union, won the Gold Jury Prize for Youth Visions at the third annual Social Justice Film Festival.



    "Riffing on the Dream," the provocative film created by Chief Sealth International High School's Black Student Union, won the Gold Jury Prize for Youth Visions at the third annual Social Justice Film Festival.

    In the film, inspired by a project called Question Bridge, 13 students sat down in front of a camera and gave their unscripted answers to questions from classmates to prompt racial dialogue within their school.

     

    In announcing the award, festival director Anne Paxton said:  “The Black Student Union at Chief Sealth made a courageous film to give some answers on what racism really is, especially as it relates to traps of language like ‘ghetto,’ ‘nigga,’ and ‘ratchet.’ We are brought face-to-face with young people who honestly tell their experiences with harmful stereotypes and labels. The film exemplifies the goal of our Youth Visions competition: to reveal the often-overlooked youth experience.”

    "Riffing on the Dream" was one of 52 documentary and narrative films screened at the festival. The films explored immigration policy, prisoner justice, and human rights around the world.