Our Mission

Media for Education, Empowerment & Social Change. 

Reel Lives is an education and advocacy program that gives a platform to young people, living on the fringes of society, who are often spoken about, but rarely heard from.

Our youth-media programming trains marginalized youth in “hard” skills in professional filmmaking techniques, including pre-production, cinematography, and non-linear digital editing.

Each Reel Lives participant shoots and edits a short (8-12 min) documentary film around a personal, human-rights-related narrative, developing “soft” skills in critical thinking, self confidence, and improved socialization.

Reel Lives’ experienced team of educators create tools for educators  and facilitate workshops around our youth-created films to promote education and awareness around critical human rights issues.  The goals of these educational tools, exploring everything from LGBTQ rights to climate change, are to encourage a cycle of awareness, advocacy and action.


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