From Kim A. Snyder, director of the Peabody Award-winning documentary Newtown, comes an insightful, rousing coming-of-age story of a generation of youth leaders determined to take the reigns and fight for justice at a most critical time in our nation’s history. Sparked by the plague of gun violence ravaging their schools, Us Kids chronicles the March For Our Lives movement over the course of several years, following X Gonzalez, its co-founders, survivors and a group of teenage activists as they pull off the largest youth protest in American history and set out across the country and globally to build an inclusive and unprecedented youth movement that addresses racial justice, a growing public health crisis and shocking a political system into change.
This event is part of The Gun Violence Awareness Film Festival which consists of three films (Behind The Bullet, 91%, and Us Kids) and post-film discussions on the weekend of Friday, June 11th through Sunday, June 13th.
We are screening these three documentaries to highlight different aspects of gun violence. Each film will be followed by a discussion of the topics and will feature directors, film subjects and local community members. The films are shown in honor of National Gun Violence Awareness Weekend—also known as WEAR ORANGE—a time when gun violence prevention supporters and advocates across the country wear orange to honor the victims of gun violence and show support for the gun safety movement.
Orange is the color that Hadiya Pendleton’s friends wore in her honor when she was shot and killed in Chicago at the age of 15 — just one week after performing at President Obama’s 2nd inaugural parade in 2013. After her death, they asked us to stand up, speak out, and wear orange to raise awareness about gun violence.
Since then orange has been the defining color of the gun violence prevention movement. Join us in displaying your orange wear and honor the victims and survivors of gun violence.