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CineYouth Opening Night: Chicagoland
A multitude of artistic approaches give voice to the vibrant cinematic cultures of the Chicagoland area, celebrating the diversity of experience found in our city.
Please note: Films in this program contain themes or language that may not be suitable for all ages.
Anxious over her abuela’s progressing dementia, Isa impulsively gets a haircut. Immediate regret, combined with pressure she feels from Latinx beauty standards, begins to suffocate her.
Shifting between digital and 8mm photography, this whimsical music video follows a carefree woman who starts to become uneasy upon realizing she is being followed by the color blue.
Let Us Breathe
Following two student activists as they fight to prevent a serial polluter from entering their neighborhood on the southeast side of Chicago, Let Us Breathe highlights the personal toll of environmental damage.
Ping pong is this girl’s entire world. But away from home and on her own in college, she makes the bold move to share her family tradition with a special new someone.
Full of visual rhymes and clever juxtapositions, this wryly humorous video diary explores the creeping anxieties that set in during early adulthood.
Corazòn Del Niño (Child’s Heart)
Six-year-old Martín yearns for a soccer ball that he can’t afford. His sister Xochitl offers the next best thing from the neighborhood as summertime mischief ensues.
In this eloquently photographed depiction of a Midwestern farm, a rupture between parents forces Evangeline to see her life in the vast countryside, and her horse, in a new light.
Proof of Residency
Memories of fonder times are recounted through the examination of ten items salvaged from a house fire, in this poetic exploration of objects and their importance within personal histories.
This sensitive documentary listens to migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border as they recount personal stories of fleeing violence, waiting for legal entry, and hoping for asylum.
Stigmas and stereotypes surrounding single parenting are shattered through a collection of personal stories attesting to single mothers’ strength, resourcefulness, and love.
When a socially anxious athlete is asked out by a teammate at college lacrosse tryouts, they strike an unlikely relationship and emerge together into newfound queer identities.
Friday, April 22, 2022
-   11 shorts | 85 minutes
1517 W Fullerton Ave
Chicago, IL 60614 United States