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Talented media makers capture the complexities of real life, dramatic personal transformations and the impact of the decisions we make. Active Voice’s street-tested strategies make it easy for inspired audiences to take positive action on the issues they’ve learned about. Read about the projects we’re working on now.

American Promise
All parents share common hopes and dreams for their children, but the reality is that not all children—especially Black boys—have the same journey. As they come of age, they face perceptions and labels that shape, and can even limit, their potential. Filmmakers Michèle Stephenson and Joe Brewster had this is in mind when they decided to send their son Idris to Manhattan's prestigious Dalton School. While grappling with the meaning of a "good education" and their steadfast desire to put Idris on a successful path, they turned the cameras on themselves, Idris, and his best friend Seun to document the harsh realities facing Black males in today's school system.
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Arab American Stories
Since 9/11, Arab Americans have become both more visible and more misunderstood. The history of Arab American immigration is long and rich, the population diverse and surprising. Arab American Stories, executive produced by Alicia Sams, aims to dispel myths by engaging the audience with a wide range of characters, each of whom has a unique and often unknown story with universal resonance.
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Detropia chronicles a dynamic chorus of Detroiters who are striving to make sense of what is happening to their challenged city. The film looks at the Motor City as a microcosm for an entire nation that is dealing with a depleted manufacturing base, a shrinking middle class and the consequences of globalization. From the directors of Jesus Camp, Detropia presents a city as it struggles to survive post-industrial America and begins to envision a radically different future.
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Fixing the Future
Host David Brancaccio (of NOW on PBS) visits locations across America that are successfully using sustainable and innovative approaches to create jobs and build prosperity, inspiring hope and renewal amidst economic collapse.
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Gaining Ground
In the midst of the most severe economic crisis since the Great Depression, Gaining Ground follows the innovative grassroots organizing efforts of Boston's Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative. Surrounded by foreclosures, how is it possible that so many Dudley Street homeowners held on to their homes and even managed to improve a neighborhood once defined by blight, poverty and violence? Gaining Ground is executive produced by Mark Lipman and Leah Mahan, and directed by Vital Pictures.
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Gideon's Army
Long hours, low pay, and lack of respect are just a few barriers that public defenders face while representing the people society would rather forget. Directed by Dawn Porter, Gideon's Army follows an inspiring program in the South that seeks to reshape the culture of indigent defense in the United States.
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Herman's House
What kind of house does a man who has lived in a six-by-nine-foot cell for 40 years dream of? Herman's House captures the remarkable creative journey and friendship of Herman Wallace, one of the Angola 3, and artist Jackie Sumell, while examining the injustice of prolonged solitary confinement.
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The House I Live In
Over the past 40 years, the "War on Drugs" has accounted for 45 million arrests, transformed America into the world's largest jailer, and destroyed impoverished communities at home and abroad yet drugs are cheaper, purer, and more readily available today than ever. Where did we go wrong, and what can be done? Comprehensive in scope, Eugene Jarecki's The House I Live In explores these questions in an intrepid take on America's "War on Drugs."
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Marguerite Casey Foundation's Equal Voice Youth Empowerment Project
The Equal Voice Youth Empowerment Project is a nationwide effort of the Marguerite Casey Foundation and Active Voice, designed to inspire young people around the country and give them tools to identify the issues that mean the most to them and their families.
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Equal Voice Youth Empowerment Toolkit / Spanish Version
Equal Voice Youth Empowerment Event Planning Guide