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Our Mission

Reel Lives uses media to support education, empowerment and social change. Our approach consists of an integrated set of programming that achieves both depth and breadth of service.    

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Our Approach

Reel Lives programming combines vocational education, art therapy & human rights advocacy, creating a learning environment that is uniquely transformative, and our graduates see the world, and their place in it, in a radically different way.

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Youth-Media Training

Reel Lives trains marginalized youth in developing “hard skills” in documentary filmmaking, and “soft skills” in self-confidence, recovery from trauma and socialization by having our learners engage with their own lives through media arts.

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International Undergraduate Program

In partnership with University of Cape Town, Reel Lives is offering a the Media, Education & Human Rights Program, a “study abroad” initiative for international undergraduates to study Youth Media, Human Rights education and advocacy, Media Production and Non-Profit Management.

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Education & Outreach

Reel Lives provides training and resources to educators, youth workers and human rights advocates to use our content to promote social change.

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STUDY IN CAPE TOWN

International undergraduates are invited to apply for the Media, Education & Human Rights Programme, a study abroad and service-learning initiative run in partnership between The University of Cape Town and Reel Lives.  Click here for Information.

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WANT TO TELL YOUR STORY?

Youth in the Cape Town area between 16 and 25 are invited to apply for our upcoming youth-media training programs.  All expenses will be covered and exceptional graduates from our programming will receive bursaries to complete a degree in Media Studies at The University of Cape Town.  Click here for more details.

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PROGRAM DETAILSabout Reel Lives

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VOCATIONAL EDUCATION

Reel Lives Core Program supports our participants in developing professional, “hard” skills in digital filmmaking, from cinematography and non-linear editing, to sound design and creating a narrative for non-fiction film blocking, story boarding and basic directing.

Our Graduate Program furthers our participant’s skills and places them in jobs, internships and tertiary education.

CATHARSIS THROUGH MEDIA ARTS

Marginalized youth and young adults are facing a number of challenges aside from technical and vocational skills.

Reel Lives programming supports our participants in engaging with their own lives through media-arts, creating a form of informal, group art-therapy. Our graduate Abdul put it best when he said “You make a film about the thing you’re most afraid of, and it takes away it’s power.”

INTERNATIONAL UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM

The Media, Education & Human Rights Programme is a study abroad initiative for international students as part of the collection of Short Term International Programs at The University of Cape Town, in Cape Town, South Africa. The programme mixes academic and practical work with a media-based social-development project. Students have the option of completing a single semester (six months) or a full year (12 months.)

EDUCATION & OUTREACH

Reel Lives partners with formal and informal educational organizations to use our collection of media to raise awareness of critical human rights issues, develop media literacy, and encourage action to promote social change.

There is something magical that happens when youth engage with media created by other youth, creating a powerful forum for discussion and debate on the obstacles marginalized youth are facing.

 

Founder and Director, Lyle Kane

Lyle speaks on the founding of Reel Lives and the impact it has on it participants and a desire to take Reel lives to a wider audience. 

Our Organization

Reel Lives is an international non-profit organization using media to support education, empowerment and social change. Our approach consists of an integrated set of programming that achieves both depth and breadth of service.In collaboration with The University of Cape Town, Reel Lives has become a global hub for study and research into the field of youth-media, human rights, and the ways that film can be used to encourage social change.

With the growing consolidation of mainstream media worldwide and simultaneous expansion of alternative access points for information, advocates, educators, youth and the public are bombarded with messaging. Reel Lives goal is to connect active audiences with media to spur critical consideration of pressing social issues, and gives educators the tools to impact the way youth engage with the world.

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Donors

Foundations Reel Lives is very grateful to the following foundations for their generous financial and in-kind support.

  • THE FORD FOUNDATION
  • NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS
  • THE SHELLEY & DONALD RUBIN FOUNDATION
  • COMPREHENSIVE DEVELOPMENT, INC
  • NYC DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
  • THE WELLMET GROUP
  • THE CLINTON GLOBAL INITIATIVE
  • AMERICAN EXPRESS

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