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Arts Engine supports, produces and distributes independent media of consequence and promotes the use of independent media by advocates, educators and the general public. By fostering the production and use of independent film, video and new media, Arts Engine connects media makers and active audiences in order to spur critical consideration of pressing social issues.

The Media That Matters Film Festival is the premiere showcase for short films on the most important topics of the day. Local and global, online and in communities around the world, Media That Matters engages diverse audiences and inspires them to take action.'s media

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The Next Wave

The Carteret islanders struggle to relocate as some of the world's first climate change refugees. ...

Regions: Global, Oceania, Papua New Guinea

Issues: Environment, Indigenous peoples, Refugees

Witnessed: 3582 times


Bits and Pieces - A Short from Jordan

Traditional mosaics illustrate a collage of contemporary Jordanian sentiments, challenging common misconceptions of the Middle East.


Regions: Jordan, Middle East and Caucasus

Issues: Freedom of religion & belief, Religion, Terrorism

Witnessed: 2705 times


Why Do White People Have Black Spots?

Youth in Ghana pose questions to people outside of their borders and spark an ongoing dialogue through film.



Regions: Global, Africa, Ghana

Issues: Education, Freedom of opinion & expression, Immigration

Witnessed: 4465 times


The Secret Life of Paper

Why does the United States consume far more paper than any other country on the globe?



Regions: United States

Issues: Environment

Witnessed: 1891 times


Looking Back

Homeless Veteran Albert Lewis photographs his life and sheds light on the support of his community.


Regions: United States

Issues: Housing, Poverty, Shelter

Witnessed: 2439 times


Knock Knock, Who's There?

What would you do to stop domestic abuse in your neighborhood?


Regions: India, United States

Issues: Marriage, Violence against women

Witnessed: 2841 times


Exiled in America

Five siblings struggle to support their American livelihoods after their mother is deported to Mexico.


Regions: Mexico, United States

Issues: Detention, Immigration

Witnessed: 2853 times


Will I Be Next?

Chicago youth explore the effects of gun violence in their neighborhoods and demand change for the future.


Regions: United States

Issues: Children's rights, Poverty, Violence

Witnessed: 2078 times


La Hoja

The United States' war on drugs challenges Bolivian traditions with broad and damaging results.


Regions: Bolivia

Issues: Drugs & human rights, Indigenous peoples

Witnessed: 2917 times



Hip Hop artists join Detroit citizens to speak up about the effects of ill-planned urban developments. ...

Regions: United States

Issues: Housing, Poverty, Sustainable development

Witnessed: 2561 times