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A film festival. For the people. By the people

The YOUnited Foundation is pleased to premiere:
The 2008 Donkaphant Film Festival
October 29th, 2008
The Skirball Cultural Center
Los Angeles, California.

The YOUnited Foundation's mission is to relieve generational complacency by creating a safe yet stimulating educational outlet where audiences are encouraged to express and form opinions while becoming active in our world.

Thank you for your interest in our developing mission.

Change starts with YOU.


The YOUnited Foundation Team

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Once Upon A Tide
Directed by: Drew Takahashi and Gesine Kratzner

A storyteller, played by Academy Award winner Linda Hunt, speaks to us of a spell that has been cast that has caused everyone to forget about the importance of the ocean. One little girl, however, is determined to find a way to break the spell. She embarks on a journey to the sea with a magical shell that shows her how our health and well-being depend on the marine environment, and explains how the ocean is under threat. Arriving at her destination, the girl helps us realize how we can all break the spell and save the ocean, and ourselves.

Supported by: Heal The Bay

Heal the Bay is a nonprofit environmental organization dedicated to making Southern California coastal waters and watersheds, including Santa Monica Bay, safe, healthy and clean. Heal the Bay uses research, education, community action and advocacy to pursue their mission.

The Second Line
Directed by: John Magary

After MacArthur's savings are stolen from his FEMA trailer, he and his cousin Natt take work gutting the house of a broken-down New Orleans couple. As a back-breaking day spirals into confrontation, MacArthur must ask himself: how much do you take to survive?

Supported by: Direct Relief

Direct Relief International provides medical assistance to improve the quality of life for people victimized by poverty, disaster, and civil unrest at home and throughout the world.

The Diagnosis
Written and Directed by: Coleman Hough

From Coleman Hough, screenwriter of Full Frontal and Bubble, comes a dark comedy about what we want to know from doctors and what they are willing to tell us.

Supported by: The National Parkinson Foundation

Founded in 1957 and headquartered in Miami, the National Parkinson Foundation is the oldest Parkinson's organization, with the most extensive grassroots network of centers, chapters and support groups in the U.S., Canada, and internationally.

Mandatory Service
Directed by: Jessica Habie

The cultural impact of the militarization of Israeli society has both challenged and stifled the cultivation of creativity in the country. Mandatory Service asks a series of often ignored yet important questions about how forced military service-and resistance to it-influences Israeli artists' and activists' efforts to re-civilize the consciousness of Israeli society.

Supported by: Institute for Comparative Conflict Studies

The Institute for Comparative Conflict Studies (IFCCS) is an educational organization dedicated to the comparative analysis of societies in conflict. Working primarily within the context of the conflicts in Palestine/Israel and the former republics of Yugoslavia, the Institute provides opportunities for university students, scholars, and adults to critically engage in the study of conflict, its transformations, and various roles taken up within conflicts.

Memphis Calling
Directed by: Colin Mitchell

A young African American prisoner uses his last phone call to contact the perfect stranger.

Supported by: The Youth Policy Institute

The Youth Policy Institute (YPI) provides education, training and technology services for low-income families in Los Angeles. YPI offers afterschool programs, job skills training, early childhood education, physical education, adult literacy and ESL, computer literacy, and college preparation, as well as two charter middle schools for families. Each year, YPI assists more than 20,000 youth and adults.

And There In The Dust
Directed by: Lara Foot Newton and Gerhard Marx

Based on true events in South Africa in 2001 when a nine month old baby was found raped and murdered, "And There In The Dust" resembles a visual poem, beautifully rendered by Mncedisi Shabangu's spoken narrative accompanied by imagery from the dreamscape of a child.

Supported by: The Jacaranda Foundation

2008 CNN HERO nominee Marie De Silva founded The Jacaranda Foundation with the hope of raising awareness and funds needed to educate orphans in Malawi. The Jacaranda Foundation's goal for 2008 is to build and operate a Primary and Secondary school for 480 orphans in the city of Chigumula, Malawi, and provide the children with educations, AIDS prevention programs, health services and daily meals.

Directed by: Carlos Stevens

Excessive consumption creates a troubled relationship between mankind and nature.

Supported by: TreePeople

Toumai is the story of Mankinds destructive battle against nature in his attempt to build the ultimate machine. In the end, he pays the price for his delinquency.

Directed by: Matthew Linnell

The huge cultural and language differences between illegal immigrants and well-to-do Americans are explored in this story about a man and his young son who pick up a day laborer with a small daughter, taking him back to their house to fix a fence in the back yard.

Supported by: Legalize LA

Los Angeles represents the largest concentration of immigrants in North America. With over 224 languages spoken in the city, over 50% of the population is foreign born. Legalize LA's dream for Los Angeles is that the over 1 million undocumented migrant workers who live here, and contribute to the city economically, culturally, and socially will have the opportunity to become legal residents of the city, and the United States.

Directed by: Todd Strauss-Schulson

A timely music video to the popular band Five For Fighting.

Supported by The YOUnited Foundation

The YOUnited Foundation's mission is to educate through film while providing tangible resources for audience members to become active in their communities.

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