District Teenagers and Innovative Youth Program Shine in New Documentary, “Fly By Light”
Mar 27, 2015 04:25PM
Fly By Light, an award-winning documentary about District teenagers breaking cycles of violence, will premiere at 7 p.m. on May 1, at the National Geographic Theatre in Washington, D.C. The film follows four unforgettable young people on an eight-day journey into the mountains of West Virginia, leaving the streets to participate in an ambitious peace education program.
Under the mentorship of artist educators and conflict resolution specialists, Mark, Corey, Martha and Asha begin to process and move on from the shootings, abuse and neglect of their past. But as they return to D.C., each young person faces an unforgiving series of hurdles and roadblocks that challenge their efforts to build a better life. Through breathtaking visuals from street corners to mountaintops, the film is an intimate exploration of the chaotic, confusing and emotional journey to rewrite a young person’s future.
“We need not only have high test scores; we need to have whole children who feel purpose and value in life. We have to cultivate their ability to see the interconnected world we live in, so that they want to improve themselves and their community,” said, executive director of One Common Unity and producer of Fly By Light, Hawah Kasat. There is a great demand for youth health and wellness, peace and empowerment initiatives in the nation’s capital. In Washington, DC., juvenile arrests for violent crimes are nearly six times the national average and youth are four times more likely to die by homicide than by the next closest cause.
Having received acclaim at 12 international film festivals across the country, One Common Unity is now, through the film, sparking a grassroots campaign to build more “Fly By Light” program sites at schools throughout the District. These sites will inspire an environment at each school of compassion by training the next generation of youth leaders and helping teachers cultivate the social-emotional literacy of their students.
Cost: $20.00. Tickets must be purchased online in advance by contacting or visiting OneCommonUnity.org. Location: 1145 17th Street, NW.