The Planet Classroom Network has launched its programming schedule with 28 Cultural Organizations committed to Global Programming. Organized by CMRubinWorld, the Season 1 Line-Up presents a 6-month World’s Fair of Learning on YouTube for youth by youth which includes original video programming. Podcasts for the Planet Classroom Network will be hosted by “Orb,” who will be the audience’s virtual guide through the Planet Classroom podcast shows in connection with VoiceAmerica. UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General, Stefania Giannini, will be joined by youth around the world for the inaugural show. Youth will discuss video programming appearing on the Network and share their passions, ideas, and solutions for creating the future they want. Podcast themes will include how youth are tackling the societal challenges the world is experiencing, now amplified by a global pandemic. How can empowered youth voices push our governing institutions to make choices that promote the wellbeing of the many, rather than the few? What are youth’s solutions to a polarized world? What are their solutions for strengthening the links between creativity and society at a time when art and artists are needed more than ever?
Season 1 programming will represent creators from over 50 countries and include over 150 films, dance, music, video game, and art videos as well as VidOps and workshops featuring innovative youth start-ups, all of which have been created for youth or by youth.
Notable film and video presentations in Season 1 include Director Christopher Carpenter’s Stephen Hawking and Me, which showcases our potential to do anything we set our minds to. SIMA Classroom presents Lucan Guilkey’s BAFTA Award winning film, What Happened to Dujuan Armstrong, about holding officials accountable for the inhumane treatment of young African-Americans. Eric Simon’s What to Do About Climate Disruption explores solutions for making progress on the Climate Crisis. Directed by Nicky Newman, From the Same Soil portrays the lives of two gay men and one transgender woman who left their home countries because of discrimination and persecution. Adam Loften and Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee’s Counter Mapping challenges the western notions of geography and the arbitrary borders imposed on the Zuni World.
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