The 2019 Thriving Communities Gathering focused on exploring young people’s perspectives on arts and culture both as filmmakers and thought leaders.


Our world and our communities need young and new views. At the 2019 gathering, young filmmakers shared their take on: 

  • the challenges found in the juvenile criminal justice system and a team trying to do something about it.

  • the challenges facing immigrant families as they adjust to living in the U.S., from an Ethiopian perspective.

  • the beauty and impact of mothers as seen through the natural world.

  • an introductory film introducing all three films.

    We are grateful for the work presented by ReelGrrlsMulti Media Research Training Institute (MMRTI) and Young Women Empowered (YWE), and to their mentors and the professional filmmakers who supported these powerful young filmmakers and storytellers.