“Presenting my work makes me feel powerful…”

Evodie Ngoy

Evodie Ngoy

While Wide Angle’s Mentoring Video Project focuses on teaching students media skills and storytelling, its overarching goal is encouraging students to use their voices and creativity to lead us toward a better Baltimore. A recent film, “The Paradise that Wasn’t”, about the experiences of refugee youth in Baltimore has given Evodie Ngoy, a Youth Producer in the Mentoring Video Project, just this opportunity.

The film has sparked conversations with leaders and organizations across Baltimore and beyond. This week, Evodie Ngoy will travel to the 10th Annual Youth Leadership and Education Conference, hosted by the African Immigrant and Refugee Foundation, to present “The Paradise that Wasn’t,” and host a conversation about the film with over 80 fellow youth refugees from Africa. She’ll be accompanied by fellow Wide Angle Youth Producer Oliver Mahoro, who is also a refugee.

Evodie with Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

Evodie Ngoy sits beside Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake at a screening of her film, “The Paradise that Wasn’t” at an event hosted by the International Rescue Committee and the Baltimore Resettlement Center.

These opportunities for public speaking would not be possible for our youth producers without contributions from our supporters. Whether attending community dialogues, participating in networking events with local leaders, or conducting interviews for projects, learning to use their voices allows Baltimore youth to see they are a critical component and valuable asset for the future of Baltimore.

Evodie presenting her film, "Education In Apathy"

Evodie presenting her film, “Education In Apathy”

“Presenting my work makes me feel powerful. When I presented my first short film at an event for women refugees and immigrants, it made me realize for the first time that I, as an individual, could make something that could help make the world better. That gave me the confidence to work really hard on my next film, “The Paradise that Wasn’t.” Having the opportunity to share my work made me a better filmmaker and also a better person.”

– Evodie Ngoy, Mentoring Video Project Student

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