Illumine Media Project
Illumine Media produces and screens films that tell compelling stories of young people and their families living in urban Toronto neighborhoods, stories that reflect the social reality that youth have inherited and demonstrate the capacity they possess to develop their own potentialities and to contribute meaningfully to the advancement of their communities.
The project began in 2012 when a group of youth were inspired to make films that tell compelling stories of young people and their families living in urban neighborhoods, stories that are set in their social reality and that address the questions and concerns, the hopes and aspirations that they and their peers held in their hearts and minds. Their goal was to use film to uplift their neighborhoods and to focus attention on the capacity youth posses to achieve transform themselves and their community.
Over the past decade, this group has produced several short films that explore characters and questions relevant to the life of young people. These have been screened to over 2,000 youth in schools and community settings, giving rise to thoughtful reflection and conversation. Screenings are opportunities to both learn about using media as a tool for fostering community dialogue as well as developing a better reading of social reality.