Heidi Ewing and Rachael Grady, filmmakers behind the popular documentaries “Detropia” and “Jesus Camp,” have brought the spotlight to a group of kids in South Philly who are part of the Do Remember Me Project. The film, which has made its debut at the Sundance Institute, focuses on American youth using technology to communicate and connect with other kids around the world.
The Philly kids, along with other groups from New York, Nigeria, Kazakhstan, Paris, Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda, use technology and art to learn about one another and their cultures. Connecting the kids through Skype, video blogs and other means of communication, the minds behind Do Remember Me create a space for positive, respectful dialogue. Kids ask each other powerful questions about their neighborhoods, the safety of their schools, and whether or not they’ve ever experienced racism in their communities. They even take the time to show off skills and talents- one Parisian boy beat-boxes while the Philly kids bob their heads in musical camaraderie, who then in turn show an impressive choreographed dance routine to the Paris group.
The film shines a spectacular light on the use of modern technology to see something truly beautiful- compassionate human connection.