Danny’s Place is sponsoring the screening of “Fly By Light,” an award-winning documentary about teenagers breaking cycles of violence. 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.
WHAT: FLY BY LIGHT documentary film and post-screening Q&A with filmmaker and Executive Director of One Common Unity, Hawah Kasat
WHEN: Sunday, November 8, 6–8:30 p.m.
WHERE: The Gallery at West Acton Villageworks, 525 Massachusetts Ave, Acton, MA 01720
WHY: To create a conversation on the importance of social emotional and mindfulness based learning for youth and young adults dealing with trauma due to violence in their lives and community.
HOW MUCH: $5. Reserve seats at Eventbrite: flybylightacton.eventbrite.com
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 DC, 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, “Fly By Light” 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.
Having received acclaim at 12 film festivals across the country, One Common Unity is now, through the new film, sparking a grassroots campaign to build more “Fly By Light” program sites at schools throughout the country. These sites will serve to help 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.