Media That Matters Online Film Festival

| August 9, 2002

Media That Matters Online Film Festival helps activists from many backgrounds create documentaries that inspire discussion of social issues. And with this, their second annual online film festival, the organization offers a wide range of short films that bring light to talented filmmakers and often-overlooked topics.

The 17 featured films take on poverty, women's rights, youth activism, race, sexual orientation, and much more. But each film is more about the lives of specific people that are affected by these issues, and their own ways of coping and changing their circumstances.

Venus of Mars, for instance, looks at Venus of the Minneapolis rock band All the Pretty Horses--a 'gender pioneer choosing to live in between.' Ketchup Soup analyzes child hunger by depicting how a poor mother feeds her child. Mann Ke Manjeere: An Album of Women's Dreams tells of one Indian woman's struggle to break from the repressive treatment of women in her country. And Brown profiles of a young bi-racial couple raising their son in New York City.

The Web site offers a sidebar with each film explaining the film's inspiration, production, and lists of resources for viewers who are moved to take action.
--Julie Madsen
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