BYkids | Master filmmakers mentoring international youth to make award-winning films


February 2015

Welcome to Nina Damiecki from the Ross School

BYkids is thrilled to have Nina Damiecki from the Ross School with us for two weeks. We look forward to collaborating on screenings in the future and thank you for your invaluable help.

February 2015

POET AGAINST PREJUDICE Chosen for Hollywood Short Film Festival

POET AGAINST PREJUDICE screens as an Official Selection at the Hollywood Short Film Festival.

December 2014

BYkids Films and Filmmakers Featured at the Doha Film Festival

Holly Carter takes Jayshree Janu Karpade and Faiza Almontaser to Qatar! The Doha Film Institute presents both FIRE IN OUR HEARTS and POET AGAINST PREJUDICE as part of the Education Above All event at the 2nd annual Ajyal Youth Film Festival in Doha, Qatar. Both Faiza and Jayshree present their films to packed theaters.

November 2014

Announcing our Junior Executive Producers

BYkids is delighted to be working with two extraordinary college students in the new position of Junior Executive Producer. Isabelle Wheeler from St. Andrews and Rebecca Celli will work to produce two of our new films for Season 2 for PBS.

November 2014

IFP and the UN Sponsor POET AGAINST PREJUDICE Screening

The Independent Film Project and the United Nations host a screening and panel discussion of POET AGAINST PREJUDICE in Brooklyn as YOUTH VOICES: PROMOTING TOLERANCE THROUGH STORYTELLING.

Meanwhile, FIRE IN OUR HEARTS screens at the Virginia Film Festival; for the Brearley Upper and Middle Schools in NYC, organized by intern, Jennah Gosciak; and our filmmaker, Jayshree Janu Khardade, is in India continuing to make history:

November 2014

POETS AGAINST PREJUDICE Official Selection for Adelaide Kids Film Festival

In our ongoing partnership with the Adelaide Australia Kids Film Festival, POET AGAINST PREJUDICE screens at their annual festival.

October 2014

BYkids’ Films Screen from New Jersey to North Carolina

Trichen Lhagyari and Holly Carter screen MY COUNTRY IS TIBET to the full student body (over 700 people) at Loomis Chaffee. Thanks to Alec McCandless, Center for Global Studies and everyone at Loomis.

BYkids screens HOME IS WHERE YOU FIND IT to more than 400 K-12 educators at the plenary of the 17th annual World View conference at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. World View equips K-12 and community college educators with global knowledge, best practices and resources to prepare students to live in an interconnected and diverse world.

POET AGAINST PREJUDICE screens at five New Jersey schools. For Anti-Bullying Week BYkids partnered with Flomo and Bergen County’s school system and police Department to screen to over 2,000 kids with impactful panels discussions after each screening. Join the dialogue and tell us YOUR story:

September 2014

POET AGAINST PREJUDICE Premieres at Lincoln Center on September 11

Partnering with the Film Society of Lincoln Center, BYkids hosts the world premiere of POET AGAINST PREJUDICE on the anniversary of 9/11 at Lincoln Center with a live feed of the film and panel discussion about bullying and Islamophobia with Faiza Almontaser to over 5,000 students. The positive impact is overwhelming from teachers and students.

September 2014

BYkids Announces Commitment at Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting

BYkids attends the Clinton Global Initiative as a 2014 Member and presents the Commitment to Action to find and fund five new BYkids films for Season 2 on Public Television.

August 2014

BYkids Featured in New York Times and BYkids Board Member Albert Mayles Awarded National Medal of Arts

The New York Times features BYkids and the powerful work of kids when they tell their own stories!

Congratulations to our beloved BYkids Board member and Film Mentor, Albert Maysles! President Obama awarded the National Medal of Arts to Albert “for rethinking and remaking documentary film in America.” Thrilled that Albert has mentored our newest film POET AGAINST PREJUDICE.

July 2014

DISPLACED BUT NOT DEFEATED is Official Selection for HollyShorts Film Festival

DISPLACED BUT NOT DEFEATED is chosen as an Official Selection of the 10th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival and Film Conference at the TCL Chinese Theatres in Hollywood and Susan Hoenig (BYkids film mentor) and Tiffany Cheng (Bowdoin intern) to attend.

July 2014

BYkids to Become a National Series on Public Television

We did it!!! Some of the biggest news yet!
BYkids and WNET/American Public Television (APT) have partnered to offer a miniseries of our first five documentaries and lay the framework for a productive, continued collaboration for Season 2 and beyond. APT sees the series as a ‘first of its kind’ offering for family viewing and public television audiences interested in diverse global perspectives. The films will also be streamed online and via mobile to increase the reach to a broader and younger demographic. An anticipated two million additional viewers are expected see our work during the first year of the launch.

June 2014

Welcome to the 2014 Summer Interns

BYkids couldn’t do this without the incredible work and vision of the summer interns. This summer we welcome Courtney Blackner-Raynolds, Rebecca Celli and Penuel Bickley from Colorado College, Tiffany Cheng from Bowdoin and Jennah Gosciak from Brearley.

June 2014

UN Association Hosts Screening of HOME IS WHERE YOU FIND IT

HOME IS WHERE YOU FIND IT screens in Manhattan to a full house, hosted by the United Nations Association of New York with Simon Bland (Director of the UNAIDS NY Office), Holly Carter and Trichen Lhagyari (filmmaker of MY COUNTRY IS TIBET) for a panel discussion following the film.

Listen to Mr. Bland talk about the importance of short documentary film in achieving human rights goals:

Holly Carter, Executive Director of BYkids, talks about the power of listening, her long-term vision for BYkids and offers advice to her 21-year-old self for A Day in May’s “Women Who Inspire” blog:

May 2014

Holly Carter Honored by Children’s Storefront

Holly Carter is honored at the Children’s Storefront annual spring gala – A Night for Changing Lives.

Holly Carter discusses the importance of girls’ education as a panelist after the screening of GIRLS OF HOPE at the New York Turkish Film Festival.

April 2014

DISPLACED BUT NOT DEFEATED is Official Selection in Newport Beach Film Festival

DISPLACED BUT NOT DEFEATED screens at the Newport Beach Film Festival.

BYkids and Global Youth Leadership Institute collaborat on an inspiring leadership workshop and screening of FIRE IN OUR HEARTS at the Far Hills Country Day School.

March 2014

BYkids at the National Association of Independent Schools Conference

BYkids presents at the National Association of Independent Schools conference in Orlando. Find new education partners from California to Nigeria.

February 2014

BYkids Joins the Clinton Global Initiative

BYkids is invited to join the Clinton Global Initiative and develop a commitment to partner with fellow leaders from business, government, philanthropy and education.

January 2014

BYkids Partners with Tucker Capital

BYkids announces a new partnership with Tucker Capital. Tucker will advise BYkids on partnership outreach, business development and operations.

Storefront Academy in Harlem partners with BYkids to help students make a film about their school community.

December 2013

BYkids Kicks Off Charity Buzz Fundraiser

BYkids presents business experiences, trips and other exciting offerings on Charity Buzz to support our work.

November 2013

DISPLACED BUT NOT DEFEATED Selected for St. Louis International Film Festival

DISPLACED BUT NOT DEFEATED wins the Liz Ullmann Peace Prize and the Youth Jury Prize for Documentary Short (2nd place) at the 20th Annual Chicago International Children’s Film Festival and is selected as an official selection for the St. Louis International Film Festival.

October 2013

BYkids Partners with Film Society of Lincoln Center

The Film Society of Lincoln Center presents POET AGAINST PREJUDICE during the New York Film Festival with Holly Carter, Albert Maysles and Faiza Almontaser and the next week hosts a school screening of MY COUNTRY IS TIBET with Trichen Lhaghari for 80 students from PS 96.

September 2013

DISPLACED BUT NOT DEFEATED is Official Selection in Chicago International Children’s Film Festival

DISPLACED BUT NOT DEFEATED to screen at the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival on October 30th.

September 2013

BYkids Films Available on Amazon

BYkids films are now available on Amazon through our partnership with the Tribeca Institute’s Reframe Collection. Buy them at

August 2013

Indianapolis International Film Festival Features BYkids

DISPLACED BUT NOT DEFEATED screens as an Official Selection at the Indianapolis International Film Festival.

July 2013

UN Association Hosts Screening of DISPLACED BUT NOT DEFEATED in NYC

The United Nations Association of New York hosts a screening of DISPLACED BUT NOT DEFEATED with Susan Hoenig (BYkids film mentor), Holly Carter (BYkids Executive Director) and David Orlando Rodriguez (Colombian Mission to the UN).

June 2013

Welcome 2013 Summer Interns

We are thrilled and grateful to have some exceptional interns joining BYkids for the summer. Welcome to Jamie Roman from Colorado College and Michael Landes and Noelle Durkin from Dalton. Continued thanks to our growing group of Junior Committee members at high schools and colleges across the country.

June 2013


Soho House New York hosts the premiere of DISPLACED BUT NOT DEFEATED, BYkids newest film from Colombia. Our second filmmaker Trichen Lhagyari and Holly Carter lead a lively discussion about the intimacy and universality of BYkids films and the power of letting kids express themselves through film.

May 2013

Discovery Education Hosts BYkids Screening and Educator Event at Headquarters

Discovery Education hosts a special screening and discussion of MY COUNTRY IS TIBET with young filmmaker Trichen Lhagyari, film mentor Joyce Chopra, and Holly Carter on May 5 in Silver Springs, MD.

BYkids congratulates our filmmaker, Trichen Lhagyari, on his graduation. Read more at

April 2013

Trichen Lhagyari Gives TEDx Talk, BYkids is Named Finalist in Education Business Plan Competition

TEDxBeaconStreet was enthralled by young director Trichen Lhagyari’s film and powerful talk. See his talk:

BYkids is named one of ten finalists in the 2013 Education Business Plan Competition sponsored by University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education and the Milken Family Foundation.

March 2013


DISPLACED BUT NOT DEFEATED explores the lives of displaced people in Colombia through the eyes of 16-year-old Maria Ceballos Paz. See the trailer:

February 2013


Film Mentor, Susan Hoenig, finishes editing DISPLACED BUT NOT DEFEATED in Los Angeles.

January 2013

MY COUNTRY IS TIBET Goes to Colorado

Trichen Lhagyari, director of MY COUNTRY IS TIBET, travels to Colorado for sold-out school and public screenings in Aspen and at Colorado College, where Trichen and Holly Carter teach a documentary film class in addition to capacity screenings. See the trailer:

January 2013


17-year-old Faiza Almontaser and her legendary mentor, Albert Maysles, start shooting in NYC. The film explores what it’s like to be a Muslim girl dealing with prejudice and bullying in America.

November 2012

BYkids Begins Production of Fifth Film

BYkids welcomes 17-year-old Faiza Almontaser, as the fifth filmmaker to share her experiences of Islamophobia in a post-9/11 New York, bullying and immigration after she arrived in Brooklyn from Yemen. Faiza will be mentored by the legendary Albert Maysles.

BYkids premieres a short film created by advertising superstars Jill Andresevic, Alonso Davila, Ty Baker and Stephanie Apt and her generous team at Final Cut. Their 90-second masterpiece captures the BYkids vision:

October 2012

BYkids at Bowdoin College

Bowdoin College, led by two summer interns, begins using BYkids films in their curriculum and hosts a campus-wide screening of HOME IS WHERE YOU FIND IT.

October 2012

BYkids Benefit Screening with Albert Maysles in Harlem

BYkids and Albert Maysles host a benefit screening and Q&A of rarely seen films by Albert to raise money for the upcoming film that Albert will mentor. Attendees celebrate at dinner at Red Rooster Harlem with chef Marcus Samuelsson. Photos at:

September 2012

BYkids Film Screenings from Sacremento to London

The International House at UC Davis and Senses Cultural sponsor a screening of BYkids films in Sacramento on October 23 and then BYkids will take four of their films for a festive night at the University of London’s Brunei Gallery in London on November 30th.

August 2012

Filmmaker Jayshree Janu Kharpade Honored with the One to Watch Award

16-year-old director, Jayshree Janu Kharpade, wins the One to Watch Award for her FIRE IN OUR HEARTS at the 35th Annual Asian American International Film Festival in New York City. “With a strong courage to learn and conviction to give back to others, Jayshree documents her family and village, as well as the tenacious efforts of the tribal union for the equal rights to education, thanks to which she is able to attend a school for tribal girls,” says the festival director.

Jayshree is getting media attention in India and raising awareness about the struggles of 80 million tribal people in her country.

June 2012

Holly Carter Featured on Boldfacers

In a feature article and video on Boldfacers, Holly Carter (Founder and Executive Director of BYkids) talks about how to engage American kids in global issues and explains how helping kids will help us all. See the full story at:

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Alan Murray, Journalist