Brooklyn youth gives his answer in 3d annual If I Had a Trillion film festival

PHILADELPHIA, PA (April 2, 2013)  -  A Brooklyn teen is  preparing to go to Washington DC to debut his video entry in the third annual “If I Had a Trillion Dollar” Youth Film Festival sponsored by the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) and The National Priorities Project (NPP).

The IHTD festival asks young people to speak out on the federal budget via short videos that answer the question “what would you do with $1 trillion—for yourself, your family, and your community.”   In making their videos youth considered the $1 trillion spent yearly on the U.S. military; the $1 trillion spent on the wars abroad and the $1 trillion plus in tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans.

Working with the Urban Arts Partnership, Aj Suleiman, 17, created “Ant-Poverty” which features a catchy hook “If I had a trillion dollars I would change the world so we’d progress farther.”.

Urban Arts Partnership advances the intellectual, social and artistic development of underserved public school students through arts-integrated education programs to close the achievement gap. The organization provides student-centered arts instruction in filmmaking, digital music production, photography, visual arts, theatre, design, dance, and language arts.

The festival culminates April 13-15, 2013 in Washington DC, where AFSC and NPP will hold a youth leadership conference, a free public screening of all the entries at Sidwell Friends School on April 14, and a screening for members of Congress.

Young people are directly affected by conversations about state and federal budgets, yet their voices are often ignored. The film festival seeks to change that. 

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Erin Polley, AFSC

The American Friends Service Committee is a Quaker organization that promotes lasting peace with justice, as a practical expression of faith in action. Drawing on continuing spiritual insights and working with people of many backgrounds, we nurture the seeds of change and respect for human life that transform social relations and systems. Read more about AFSC.