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CineYouth Festival: Weight of the World (Drama)

Confronted with a range of painful challenges, the characters in these films reveal beauty through resilience in this life-affirming program. A post-screening discussion with select filmmakers will follow this program. A post-screening discussion with select filmmakers will follow this program. (68 minutes)

Note: Films contain themes and language that may not be suitable for all ages.

Film Still: Yellow Slip

Yellow Slip

Julia Elihu | San Diego, CA | Age 21
When Amelia realizes her undocumented mother and closest confidant, Mariana, might be in trouble with the authorities, she is abruptly confronted with the idea of a life on her own.

Film Still: Responsibility


Mehmet Ali Avci | Denmark | Age 15
Struggling to raise his little sister, Dennis joins a gang hoping to make ends meet. But he soon discovers his limits when he is convinced to rob a home in a wealthy neighborhood.

Film Still: Blue Was Here

Blue Was Here

Tristan Blue Jackson | Portland, OR | Age 19
Visiting his old friend Shane, a lonely Blue can’t help but romanticize the past while clinging to the last remnant of their fading friendship.

Film Still: Swing Dreams

Swing Dreams

Samuel Johnson | Chicago, IL | Age 19
This magical pop music video delves into the anxieties and delusions of a hard breakup, following a pathetically dramatic boyfriend on the road to closure.

Film Still: Alex.


Brenden Osborn | Portland, OR | Age 21
On a seemingly ordinary day, a man receives a phone call with news of a terrible loss. Unsure how to cope, he acts on his last glimmer of hope to make an important call.

Film Still: For Your Safety

For Your Safety

Lea Rodbarry | Evanston, IL | Age 21
When Homeland Security makes her husband “disappear,” a determined young woman sets out on a laborious quest for truth, navigating Kafkaesque bureaucratic barriers in her attempt to free him.

Film Still: Grey Heart

Grey Heart

Theo Taplitz | Los Angeles, CA | Age 15
Filled with enough angst and stress to turn his hair grey, teenaged Holden and his family each try to cope in their own ways after their abusive father moves out.

Event Information

Sunday, April 28, 2019


Music Box Theatre
3733 N Southport Ave
Chicago, IL 60613

All CineYouth screenings free and open to the public. RSVP for advanced tickets.

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