SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – Teen filmmakers from all over the world will be sharing their personal stories dealing with human rights issues at special screenings in San Francisco.

“Youth Producing Change” is a program of short films made by young filmmakers from around the globe and is showcased with the Human Rights Watch Film Festival.

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The festival’s program manager Jennifer Nedbalsky said this partnership with Human Rights Watch and Adobe Youth Voices is a philanthropic effort of Adobe that provides video training to teens in 45 countries at 600 different sites, including schools in San Francisco, and helps them document their personal life stories.

Films coming from this youthful perspective, Nedbalsky said, are very honest and idealistic.

The films are about life in the slums of Kenya, escaping violence in Colombia, living with toxic waste on a US army base, and coming out as a lesbian, to name a few.

Nedbalsky said this empowers teens to voice their issues, gives them confidence, and helps them become leaders in their community.

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CBS’ Connie C. Kim interviews Jennifer Nedbalsky:

Upcoming Screenings in San Francisco:

Wednesday March 9, 2011
Two free screenings for school groups including discussion with filmmakers:
Screening A: 10am-11:45am
Screening B: 12:15pm- 2:00pm
San Francisco Public Library Koret Auditorium
Tickets are free, to book a spot for your group please contact: or call 510-759-2491

Thursday March 10, 2010, 7:00pm
Film screening, and discussion with youth filmmakers. Reception to follow.
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Screening Room
701 Mission at 3rd Street (Terrace Level) San Francisco
$8 regular, $6 seniors & students, $6 YBCA Members.
Seating is limited to 90 seats, advanced ticket purchase strongly suggested
For tickets visit or call the YBCA box office 415-978-ARTS.

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