Moving to a new country was challenging for Faiza Almontaser, a 17-year-old from New York City, who immigrated with her family to the US from Yemen when she was in middle school. She faced vicious bullying because of her Islamic identity and lost close friends to hate crimes. Through it all, her family still embraced their new home, and Faiza found a creative outlet for self-expression. Mentored by the legendary pioneer of direct cinema, Albert Maysles, Faiza's film documents her courageous and inspiring... [see more] journey from victim to activist.
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.