STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — A digital movie competition specializing in psychological well being will function a Staten Island filmmaker subsequent month.
Naeela Djemil, 24, of Mariners Harbor will likely be one of many filmmakers featured within the “Changing Minds Young Filmmaker Festival,” happening nearly April 9. Neighborhood Entry, a New York Metropolis-based psychological well being nonprofit, will host the competition from 6 to eight p.m., bringing local-grown filmmakers and initiatives collectively for viewers.
“I really feel honored to be part of this occasion and that my movie acquired recognition,” Djemil advised the Advance/SILive.com. “I feel that psychological well being is a crucial subject to normalize, and I hope that it conjures up others to discover their psychological well being journey.”
The movie screenings start at 6 p.m., adopted by a question-and-answer session with the filmmakers moderated by Shadille Estepan of Woman Gaga’s Born this Manner Basis.
Djemil’s movie, “Petrichor,” was one in every of eight chosen from greater than 700 submissions, in line with the group.
“Petrichor” is predicated on a younger Muslim-American lady, Jiniya Azad, who tries to steadiness her wrestle with melancholy and her social and spiritual life. The movie follows Azad on the mosque, strolling by way of New York Metropolis and particulars the messages she thinks internally by way of exterior dialog.
This movie additionally was used as Djemil’s thesis movie for school based mostly on psychological well being within the Muslim group. In 2019, she graduated the Metropolis Faculty of New York with a bachelor’s diploma in cinematography and movie/video manufacturing.
“Whereas we are going to miss gathering in particular person, we’re excited that our digital competition will permit us to attach with a world viewers at a time when connection and group are so wanted,” Cal Hedigan, CEO of Neighborhood Entry, wrote in a launch. “We’re grateful to those proficient filmmakers for sharing their tales and stay up for celebrating their necessary work.”
HOW TO TUNE IN
The “Altering Minds Younger Filmmaker Pageant” will likely be streamed from 6 to eight p.m. April 9.
Alongside Djemil, filmmakers Savanah Mears, Hannah Flores, Britney Bautista, Alisha Heng, Rebecca Anton, Ji Seon Lee and Kat Dolan will likely be featured through the occasion. The initiatives highlighted within the competition are based mostly on quite a lot of matters, from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic to psychological sickness and navigating emotional trauma.
The competition is free and open to the general public, however tickets ought to be reserved forward of time. Those that signal as much as attend will obtain a affirmation e-mail with the log-in info for the occasion.
For extra info, go to www.communityaccess.org/changingminds.