Painting Reality in Vivid Colors: an Interview with the Young Belarusian Film-maker Daria Zhuk, whose First Feature Film May Be Nominated for an OscarWritten by Youth Time Team
This year, for the second time in its history, Belarus may see one of its films nominated for an Oscar. The film is called Crystal Swan, and it is the first feature film of Daria Zhuk, a director from Minsk who is currently based in NYC. Daria moved to the US at the age of 16 and, after pursuing a finance degree at Harvard, decided to turn to her true passion – film making. Her journey, however, has not been an easy one. It took her almost a decade to bring to the big screen the story of a young lady called Evelina (Velya), who in the ‘90s followed the American dream by trying to obtain a US visa to immigrate and become a DJ. This summer the film had its premiere at the Karlovy Vary Film festival, opening in the East of the West competition, and then was screened at a few other film festivals. YT met with Daria after the premiere screening and talked to her about her life and work, the stereotypes in cinematography, the millennials, and the problems of family acceptance.
How the Power of Moringa and Inspiration are Beating Poverty, Explains Social Entrepreneur Lisa CurtisWritten by Jelena Zoric
She was bold, determined, and touched. And these facts have changed more than a thousand lives of female farmers all over West Africa, South America, and parts of Asia. The success of Lisa Curtis, founder of Kuli Kuli, America’s leading moringa company, started with the tale of a single African mom who had five kids and was left with no home and no income. She was the first person to be affected by Lisa's dream of using the nutritious leaves of the moringa tree to improve the lives of women on the African continent. At the age of 23, with zero knowledge of the food industry, but led by a wish to make a change, Lisa managed to form a team of food, technology, and design experts and develop her startup. Today, seven years later, her company counts more than 1.5 million dollars of income given to family farms on three different continents. Read more about the moving story of blue flip-flops, Pierrette and Ayele, courage, vision, and having the guts to carve out the path that allowed an eager volunteer to become a widely recognized businesswoman with a place on the Forbes 30 Under 30 List of Social Entrepreneurs 2018.
The tale of the young Jaya Setiawan Gulo, now 28, starts in a left-behind village somewhere in the province of North Sumatra, after he broke his left arm. While he was on the road to recovery, he had the heartbreaking experience of witnessing the harsh realities that face the people in the rural areas of Indonesia who dedicate their lives to giving their kids the opportunity to finish school. It was then that he realized he would one day found a social enterprise organization focused on education. And so it has been. Back then, he was just a tiny kid with poor grades who was climbing coconut trees. Today, he works at the Indonesian Ministry of Finance and has made his dream come true. Together with nine other young people who are dedicated to fighting for education, he founded a youth-led organization called The School Projects that is changing the shape of the education system in rural Indonesia. Gulo and his cohort have reached more than 1400 children so farby mentoring and motivating them while providing school supplies to support their learning process. This is Gulo’s story.