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Media That Matters™ is the premiere showcase for short films that inspire communities to take action on global issues. Media That Matters™ - a Reel Lives program Reel Lives uses media for education, empowerment and social change.

Check out this interesting multi-media project from previous MTM spotlight Ateqah Khaki, set to debut at SXSW !!!
03/06/2014
Student Project “Signs of Sandy” at SXSW » Public Engagement

Check out this interesting multi-media project from previous MTM spotlight Ateqah Khaki, set to debut at SXSW !!!

Media Studies students Ateqah Khaki and Josie Holtzman are presenting their innovative multi-media project Signs of Sandy at this year’s SXSW (South by Southwest) festival. The project originated in last year’s Postcards, Post-Sandy class, which was designed to give students a space to pursue creati...

Rest in Power.
12/05/2013
Nelson Mandela, 1918-2013 - COLORLINES

Rest in Power.

As we remember the iconic freedom fighter’s life and legacy, we’re also taking a look back at where it started. Watch one of his first recorded interview from 1961.

06/15/2013
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06/13/2013
Justice Denied: Voices from Guantánamo

Check out today's MTM Film of the Day -- "Justice Denied: Voices from Guantánamo" -- winner of the Global Justice Award at the 10th Annual Media That Matters Film Festival

Wrongfully imprisoned and later released, Guantánamo detainees recount their stories as they move on with their lives and chart a course for healing.

06/10/2013

"For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others." -- Nelson Mandela

06/09/2013
Amen

Lounging around this lovely Sunday evening? Watch the MTM Film of the Day -- an MTM staff favorite!

Two men of different faiths come to an understanding at a local diner in the short narrative, "Amen," winner of the Diversity Award at the 11th Annual Media That Matters Film Festival.

A chance encounter in an urban diner sets a devout Christian and a devout Muslim on a collision course.

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06/07/2013

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via PBS MediaShift
06/07/2013
Top 5 Apps for Authors | Mediashift | PBS

via PBS MediaShift

Authors these days are more than authors. Our days are fragmented with tasks that more resemble those of publishers and marketers, journalists and speakers. We must not only write, but edit, organize, blog, friend, tweet, connect, converse, advise, recripocate, share and share again.

06/07/2013
It's In Your Hands

See the life-saving possibilities of the Tippy Tap in action in the MTM Film of the Day, "It's In Your Hands" -- Winner of the Jury Award at the 11th Annual Media That Matters Film Festival.

A simple solution to some big problems.

Stunning photojournalism from Afghanistan, via The Atlantic
06/06/2013
Afghanistan: May 2013

Stunning photojournalism from Afghanistan, via The Atlantic

Taliban insurgents have stepped up suicide attacks and bombings this month in what they are calling a "Spring Offensive", striking targets all over Afghanistan

via PBS MediaShift
06/05/2013
The Best Apps for Educators | Mediashift | PBS

via PBS MediaShift

In a speech 30 years ago, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs envisioned a computer-as-book, wirelessly connected to others. And the first-generation iPad fulfilled this image of a passive computing device.

Story via NPR on the 24th anniversary of the Chinese government's crackdown on protesters in Beijing's Tiananmen Square.
06/04/2013
Calls For Justice For Tiananmen Met With Silence : NPR

Story via NPR on the 24th anniversary of the Chinese government's crackdown on protesters in Beijing's Tiananmen Square.

Twenty-four years after the crackdown on protesters in Beijing, parents of those killed are still prevented from mourning publicly. However, the rise of the Internet and social media has given democracy activists new tools.

Documentary filmmaker Pamela Yates' "How to Nail a Dictator" became key evidence in a genocide trial against Guatemalan ...
06/04/2013
How a documentary changed Guatemala's history

Documentary filmmaker Pamela Yates' "How to Nail a Dictator" became key evidence in a genocide trial against Guatemalan general Efrain Rios Montt, via Christiane Amanpour

By Samuel Burke, CNN Most documentaries record and preserve history - only a few change the arc of history.

President Obama: "Too many Americans who struggle with mental illness suffer in silence rather than seek help."Now Strea...
06/03/2013
White House Live

President Obama: "Too many Americans who struggle with mental illness suffer in silence rather than seek help."

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Watch live events with President Obama and other White House officials.

05/31/2013

Dear MTM Friends,

We wanted to extend a BIG thank you to all of you who submitted your work to, and helped spread the word about the Call for Entries for, the upcoming Thirteenth Annual Media That Matters Film Festival!

Our Call for Entries is now closed and we are thrilled to report that we have received hundreds of awesome submissions of all styles and genres, including documentaries, narratives, music videos, experimental work and PSAs. These submissions were filmed and produced all over the world—and we mean ALL OVER! Cameroon, India, Republic of Macedonia, South Africa, Japan, Iran, Uganda, Kenya, Israel, Palestine, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Portugal, The Philippines, Brazil, Malaysia, Egypt, Haiti, United Arab Emirates, Algeria, Pakistan, Singapore, Cuba, Senegal, Sri Lanka ... just to name a few!

We are currently in the initial stages of reviewing your films, so sit tight and check your in-boxes in August! We will be contacting the finalists then. Sorry, due to the volume of submissions we have received, we will not be able to contact those who have not been chosen as finalists. Best of luck and thanks again!

Love,
The Media That Matters Team

05/30/2013

"The world changes according to the way people see it, and if you can alter, even by a millimeter, the way people look at reality, then you can change the world." --James Baldwin

05/27/2013

“Silence becomes cowardice when occasion demands speaking out the whole truth and acting accordingly.” --Mahatma Gandhi

05/24/2013
Laugh at the Fat Kid

A real MTM fan favorite: Watch our Film of the Day, "Laugh at the Fat Kid," by Kristina Schoentag!

Winner of the Peter Yarrow Peace in Our Classrooms Award at the 4th Annual Media That Matters Film Festival

A young boy caught in a cycle of ridicule and overeating — what's wrong with this picture? For more information about this film and to take action visit: htt...

via NPR:  "When several states passed laws to prohibit same-sex marriage, for example, the mental health of gay resident...
05/24/2013
Bans Of Same-Sex Marriage Can Take A Psychological Toll : NPR

via NPR: "When several states passed laws to prohibit same-sex marriage, for example, the mental health of gay residents seemed to suffer, while stress-related disorders dropped in at least one state after gay marriage was legalized.

Here's the research trail:"

When several states passed laws banning same-sex marriages, researchers found that the mental health of gay residents seemed to suffer.

via NPR
05/24/2013
Boy Scouts Vote To Admit Openly Gay Members : NPR

via NPR

The National Council of the Boy Scouts of America has voted to allow gay Scout members, but to continue a ban on openly gay adult Scout leaders. The policy change would take effect Jan. 1, 2014.

05/23/2013

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not.” --Dr. Seuss, The Lorax

Check out these photos from The Atlantic
05/22/2013
Eradicating Polio in India: Portraits

Check out these photos from The Atlantic

Public health workers have taken on the mission of vaccinating 170 million children under the age of five.

via Amanpour
05/21/2013
Democratizing art, one photo at a time

via Amanpour

French artist JR wants to help democratize art. In the video above, JR tells Christiane Amanpour how his latest project, Inside Out, allows participants around the world to create street art out of photographs of ordinary people.

05/20/2013

"Activism is my rent for living on this planet." --Alice Walker

"Women's rights protesters disrupted the opening of a giant pink doll's house in Berlin, saying the Barbie 'Dreamhouse E...
05/17/2013
Protests disrupt Barbie exhibition in Berlin

"Women's rights protesters disrupted the opening of a giant pink doll's house in Berlin, saying the Barbie 'Dreamhouse Experience' objectified women," via Al Jazeera English

Feminist activists protest against opening of Europe's first life-sized 'Barbie Dreamhouse', slamming it as sexist.

via Media Matters for America
05/17/2013
REPORT: Diversity On Evening Cable News In 13 Charts

via Media Matters for America

A review of guests on 13 evening cable news shows on CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC during the month of April 2013 reveals that these networks overwhelmingly host male and white guests.

Check out the Open Society Institute: Documentary Photography Project archive, including more than 170 photographers ove...
05/11/2013
Fifteen Years of Human Rights Photography, Now Available Online | Open Society Foundations

Check out the Open Society Institute: Documentary Photography Project archive, including more than 170 photographers over a span of 15 years, covering human rights and social justice.

The Open Society Foundations are making available to the public an expansive documentary photography collection chronicling some of the most pressing human rights and social issues of our times.

05/10/2013
Grace

Watch the MTM Film of the Day: "Grace," a tribute to the female spirit and its ability to triumph over violation, betrayal and disrespect.

Winner of the Women's Justice Award at the 7th Annual Media That Matters Film Festival

Inspired by the film? Get involved with the help of our TAKE ACTION Links: http://mediathatmattersfest.org/films/grace/action

Three women's lives share an unwanted and violent thread.

Check out an online preview of P.O.V.'s 2013 Documentary Season tomorrow at 2PM ET
05/09/2013
Preview POV's 2013 Documentary Season

Check out an online preview of P.O.V.'s 2013 Documentary Season tomorrow at 2PM ET

Welcome to the preview of POV's 2013 season on PBS. We will be screening trailers and presenting tools and strategies on how stations and organizations can screen these films - for free - and discuss them in their own communities.

Do heritage months deepen our cultural awareness, or constrict it?
05/09/2013
On Celebrating 'Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month' : NPR

Do heritage months deepen our cultural awareness, or constrict it?

Heritage months tend to follow a pattern: They start as a week and grow into a month. But do these celebrations deepen our awareness of our many cultures, or do they constrict it?

Congratulations to our friends and partners at DCTV for breaking ground on the nation's first-ever documentary-only movi...
05/08/2013

Congratulations to our friends and partners at DCTV for breaking ground on the nation's first-ever documentary-only movie theater!

So this happened this morning... We broke ground on our new documentary-only cinema! Michael Moore Morgan Spurlock

What do you think; can the armed forces effectively combat sexual assault while keeping justice proceedings within the m...
05/08/2013
Pentagon Study Sees Sharp Rise in Sexual Assaults

What do you think; can the armed forces effectively combat sexual assault while keeping justice proceedings within the military chain of command?

An angry President Obama and Congress demanded action after a Pentagon survey estimated 26,000 people in the armed forces were assaulted last year, up from 19,000 in 2010.

Should school curricula include more and better climate education?
05/08/2013
Filling In The Gap On Climate Education In Classrooms : NPR

Should school curricula include more and better climate education?

Science education standards, issued in April, recommend teaching climate change for the first time. But one nonprofit says kids aren't learning enough, soon enough, about how their world will change in the coming decades.

05/07/2013
Homecoming

Today is National Teacher Day!
#ThankATeacher and check out MTM Film of the Day, "Homecoming," about the power of creative education.

When coming out makes Ron a target for attack, he finds a school where respect and acceptance are taught alongside Math and English. For more information abo...

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