The city of Holyoke transformed from the paper capital of the world to arson capital of the United States. This story leads with Iesha Ramos, a college student born and raised in Holyoke, who returns to the city every day to mentor students in her program, the Teen Resource Project. Paper City started from interviews with these students, who must navigate through booming drug economies, struggling school systems, gang warfare and unprecedented rates of mass incarceration. In response, a community of teachers, law officers, filmmakers, activists and politicians created Paper City for students to realize their own dreams outside of the school-to-prison pipeline.
The Road to Little Rock
“The Road to Little Rock” tells the story of one visionary judge and nine determined teenagers who demonstrated enduring positive human qualities of courage, honor, determination, and responsibility. This story begins in 1957 as nine African-American teenagers sought enrollment at an all-white high school in Little Rock, Arkansas. In 1957 many school districts continued to ignore the 1954 Supreme Court ruling of Brown v Boa
The Global Peace Film Festival, established in 2003, uses the power of the moving image to further the cause of peace on earth. From the outset, the GPFF envisioned “peace” not as the absence of conflict but as a framework for channeling, processing and resolving conflict through respectful and non-violent means. People of good faith have real differences that deserve to be discussed, debated and contested.
GPFF works to connect expression – artistic, political, social and personal – to positive, respectful vehicles for action and change. The festival program is carefully curated to create a place for open dialogue, using the films as catalysts for change.
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