Like most girls from rural India, 16-year-old Jayshree Janu Kharpade never expected to get an education. Instead, she had to work to help support her family. But union organizers were determined that girls from poor tribal villages have a better future and built a school. Film mentor, Joyce Chopra, a pioneer of documentary film, helped Jayshree share her journey from illiterate laborer, to scholar and young activist - in this powerful story that illuminates the social and economic potential of educating... [see more] girls in the developing world.
BYKIDS, a series of documentaries shot by teenagers from around the world, chronicles the budding filmmakers' real-life trials and the ways they address their problems, all through the lens of a camera. Each half-hour documentary offers a close and personal look at the lives of five international teens (Faiza, Marيa, Jayshreem, Namgyal and Alcides), between the ages of 16 and 17, who are each grappling with a very real issue—from religious bullying in New York City, to displacement as a result of war, to living as an AIDS orphan in Maputo, Mozambique. Through the power of film, the teens are able to share their stories and ultimately learn how to become activists in their own lives.