What Would You Do With a Trillion Dollars?

 Hundreds of youth give their answers in 3d annual If I Had a Trillion film festival

More than 240 youth have submitted 63 videos – a record - for the third annual “If I Had a Trillion Dollar” Youth Film Festival sponsored by the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) and The National Priorities Project (NPP).

The IHTD 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.”   The youth are 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.

The submissions come from Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Milwaukee, New York, Pittsburgh and San Francisco, among other communities. They were created by young people ages 9 to 23, from 33 different organizations and six schools, and living in 15 states.

With titles like “Invest in the Education of Our Future,” “Priceless: the Trillion Dollar Movie” and “Politicians Aren’t Funny,” the videos feature clever lyrics and thoughtful policy recommendations by a diverse and creative group of young people. Our Pittsburgh Racial Justice Through Human Rights youth group here in Pittsburgh have submitted a video, “Educating Hope”.  They see funding for education as being vita and many have seen major budget cuts to their schools with loss of teachers and programs.

 Young people are directly affected by conversations about state and federal budgets, yet their voices are often ignored. The film festival seeks to change that.  View our entry at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KW5DksS__XA and all the entries here.

The festival culminates April 13-15, 2013 in Washington DC, where AFSC and NPP will hold a youth leadership conference, film screening for members of Congress and a free public screening. For updates, visit http://ihtd.org and follow the festival on Facebook and Twitter.