Fly By Light
is an intimate exploration of young people seeking
to overcome the violence in their lives and create a new path for their
future by connecting to a world outside their neighborhoods.
Washington, DC, where high school dropout rates average 40%, a group of
teenagers participates in an ambitious peace education youth program
that takes them out of their tough neighborhoods and into the beautiful
mountains of West Virginia. For the first time in their lives, Mark,
Asha, Martha, and Corey play in mountain streams, sing under the stars,
and confront the entrenched abuse, violence and neglect of their past.
week-long outing is part of the 9 month Fly By Light program that uses
nature immersion, music, art, conflict resolution, and social-emotional
learning techniques to help young people overcome the trauma, grief and
anger they often hold inside – and that holds them back.
outside their comfort zone, and showered with support from caring
mentors, we witness the city walls come down and their full selves
emerge, armed with a greater sense of life’s possibilities. The film
follows the four as they return home, where each continues over the next
year to face different hurdles and roadblocks they must confront to
build a better life.
The film provides a window into the immense
pain and challenges that many young people carry today, while also
showing their incredible capacity for transformation when given the
support and tools to better understand themselves and their potential,
and to connect with others in a positive way.
I am Somebody
The "I Am Somebody" exercise presented in the film.Make it Rain
A positive words exercise from the retreat.What do I Need?
The participants learning how to develop compassion.I Never Wake Up Angry Now
A sample of participant conversations from the retreat.Let it All Go
Mark expressing his story through rap.For Everyone
A music video for the song "Fly By Light" that incorporates footage from the film. Preview link available upon request. Contact [email protected] for more information