LCDPFI-Young Voices joins WYA Manhattan International Film Festival

LCDPFI- Young Voices submitted three entries for this year’s Manhattan International Film Festival. Organized by the World Youth Alliance (WAY), the film festival invites young directors from around the world to submit original short films that effectively and creatively portray human dignity and authentic accounts of the human experience. A distinguished panel of film industry experts will judge all submissions and select four directors to be finalists. The short films of these finalists will be featured at the Manhattan International Film Festival this coming January 27 and 28, 2012 at Marymount Manhattan College.

YV’s short film entries are, namely:

Independence- In this video, YV- Manila President Carmela Leones recalls the sacrifices she had to make as a graduating BS Education student at Trinity University of Asia, while staying at Bahay Biyaya Student Cheshire Hostel, a dormitory for college students with physical disabilities.

Fun- a documentary about the Young Voices’ youth camp, wherein Young Voices members from Manila, together with their non-disabled friends, took part in many fun activities together, such as swimming, water sports, abseiling, and singing. LCDPFI, through its advocacy arm for young people with disabilities, Young Voices, promotes the paradigm shift from a charity-based to a rights-based approach on disability. In line with this advocacy, LCDPFI-Young Voices promotes the full inclusion of youth with disabilities and all persons with disabilities in a society, where they can freely openly, and without any restrictions of any kind interact with non-disabled people.

Ambition- in this short video, Daisy Panaligan, a PWD athlete and dancer-on-wheels, shares the struggles that she has to face daily due to lack of accessible public transportation and lack of equal opportunities in education, for PWDs.

Promoting the rights of PWDs can be effectively disseminated through short video films. Young Voices is actively involved in film making not only in Philippines, but in all the 22 countries which are being supported by Leonard Cheshire Disability. Please come and see all the YV films at YouTube ( Search: Leonard Cheshire Disability Young Voices).