16/35: Youth & Film

By developing leadership skills and capacity building in young people by learning, teaching and using all forms of film making as tools, 16/35 Youth & Film project will create film stories that will increase Latino youth self-esteem and pride of their unique cultural identity, by bringing awareness of the social and economic challenges facing young Latinos in Toronto.

Our focus is to create a safe environment of discussion by building a consistent commitment to engage the Latin American youth community.

With the 16/35 Youth and Film project we are uniting all the Latino diversity to the empowering sense of belonging, knowing and becoming one single force of change integrated with the rest of communities developing in Ontario. We are creating a strong awareness, interest and familiarity with the dynamic and inclusive film industry of Toronto and Canada, due to films great power to communicate.

Films and documentaries are a great engaging tool, images and sound behind the story telling has the power to draw attention and encourage discussion amongst members of the Latin communities in Toronto.

We are, with the assistance of a youth advisory committee, conducting group consultations with young people, writers and film senior experts to implement a series of public education forums in which films and documentaries will be on front line, strengthening the need of raising an awareness on topics that immigrants go through.

The Toronto Latin American Film Festival, LATAFF, has become a powerful tool on which the Latino community has found common ground of interest and empowered their roots language. Latino youth has the power to initiate positive actions, such as acceptance, change and integration.

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