Youth activists featured in documentary, ‘US Kids’

Youth activists featured in documentary, ‘US Kids’

Hide caption Emma Gonzalez appears in a scene from the documentary, “Us Kids.” (Photo: Courtesy of Sundance Institute.) In her absorbing new documentary, Kim A. Snyder, (“Newtown”) chronicles a new generation of youth leaders. Remember the adage “kids are meant to be seen, not heard”? Recent events suggest that’s no longer the case with child activists like Greta Thunberg and Jamie Margolin stirring the pot on issues from climate change to gay rights to misogyny. But few are making a more resonant statement than the survivors of 2018′s massacre at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The proof is prominently on display in Kim A. Snyder’s “US Kids,” an absorbing documentary in which she tags along as the likes of Emma Gonzalez, David Hogg and Sam Fuentes valiantly refuse to accept “hearts and prayers” as an answer to an epidemic not at all unlike COVID-19 — guns. Want news like this sent straight to your inbox? Head over to PatriotLedger.com to sign up for alerts and make sure you never miss a thing. You pick the news you want, we deliver. We watch in awe as the trio, along with a half-dozen of their less-famous Douglas High classmates, stare TV minicams in the face while venting their rage against “do-nothing” Republican politicians and an exploitative media that demands on-camera tears, not intelligent dialogue about a national disgrace claiming an average of 33,000 Americans per year. Yes, we’ve heard it all before. Too many times, if you ask me. But […]

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