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"If I Had a Trillion Dollars" festival in Washington, D.C.

"If I Had a Trillion Dollars" festival in Washington, D.C.

Young people from 15 states will travel to Washington, D.C., to debut their video entries for the third annual "If I Had a Trillion Dollars" National Youth Film Festival, April 13-15. They'll attend a youth leadership conference, a free public screening of their films at Sidwell Friends School, and a screening for members of Congress. 

The festival asks young people to speak out on the federal budget via short videos that answer the question “what would you do with $1 trillion—for yourself, your family, and your community.” In making their videos, youth were asked to consider the $1 trillion spent yearly on the U.S. military; the $1 trillion spent on the wars abroad, and the $1 trillion plus in tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans.

Meet the filmmakers

students in front of laptops
College should be affordable for everyone, argues student

As a college student who grew up on a military base and in a southern town, 22-year old Daphne Hines has a unique perspective on the world.