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Shine Global Offers Community Orgs Free Screenings of Award-Winning Documentaries

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Apr 20, 2017

Having built a catalogue of award-winning documentaries featuring stories of at-risk youth around the globe, Shine Global has now launched a program to share these empowering stories with underserved youth across the US. The production company behind the Academy Award®-winning Inocente and the Emmy Award®-winning War/Dance has launched IGNITE, a program that provides free screenings of their catalogue to nonprofit community organizations.

All the documentaries in the program tell stories of children from diverse backgrounds overcoming incredible diversity—often through the arts. War/Dance follows three children from Uganda who triumph over civil war and the Lord’s Resistance Army, finding hope in the future by competing in the country’s music and dance festival. Dancing in Jaffa follows children from Muslim, Jewish, and Christian families as they partner in an Israeli dance competition. Inocente tells the story of a 15-year-old girl, living homeless and undocumented in California, pursuing her dream of becoming an artist.

“We’ve been privileged to share the amazing stories of some truly remarkable young people in our films,” said Susan MacLaury, co-founder and executive director of Shine Global. “With these films, we are celebrating their resilience and showing that with the support of communities, through participation in the arts and sports, and because of their own personal strength, young people are capable of overcoming incredible adversity and inspiring social change.”

As part of the free screening program, which is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, all films also come with a discussion guide to facilitate student engagement. Some of the films also include art workshop templates aimed at helping young viewers engage creatively with the material and develop their own media literacy skills.

The documentaries available through IGNITE include:

  • 1 Way Up
  • Dancing in Jaffa
  • The Harvest (La Cosecha)
  • Inocente
  • War/Dance
  • The Wrong Light


Community organizations interested in hosting a free screening can learn more about the IGNITE program and schedule an event through Shine Global's website.




About Shine Global

Shine Global is a nonprofit media company that gives voice to children by telling stories of their resilience to raise awareness, promote action, and inspire change.

What do we do?

  • Produce inspiring films and compelling content about at-risk children.
  • Connect with diverse audiences through tailored distribution and outreach.
  • Encourage social change through powerful engagement campaigns.


About the IGNITE Program
Funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, Shine Global’s IGNITE program introduces award-winning films to underserved youth across the country accompanied by discussion guides, creative arts workshops, social issue facts, and tips on how viewers can help. Through June 2018, Shine Global will partner with local organizations in every state to identify viewers and help coordinate 150 screenings serving 7,500-10,000 youth.

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