We believe that establishing an after-school program where students learn how to make and distribute their own short films completes The Media Literacy Circle of Empowerment. The circle builds on the five principles of Awareness, Analysis, Activism, Advocacy, and Access. Once the cycle is complete it leads to further awareness of the media and how it works, which in turn leads to a deeper analysis and so forth.
In the spring of 2013 The Plaza Cinema & Media Arts Center will be offering its first two classes, where students will learn how to produce short films “from script to screen” about issues most relevant to them and their communities. An annual student film festival will showcase our students’ work which further engages the community in discussions about the featured topics and demonstrates how the art and skill of filmmaking can be used as tool for community activism and cross-cultural appreciation.