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For the most part, the only leaders one sees in movies nowadays are of the countdown variety.

It's good to learn of a film festival aimed at 14 to 18-year-old students that encourages personal growth, social action, and positive change.

The Young Leaders Film Festival was founded by the San Diego-based production company, Moms With Issues. On a return flight home from last year's Sundance Film Festival, close friends Kathryn Brinton, Pat Hughes, and Carol Tager found themselves so inspired that they felt the need to create their own platform for such worthy films.

“After screening hundreds of films, including over 40 that we saw at Sundance," says Pat Hughes, "we have selected five feature films that fulfill our mission to inspire the minds of our 14 to 18 year old young leaders. These five films tell the stories of ordinary a human beings pushing beyond their limits in ways that are extraordinary.”

The features along with a variety of shorts will screen this weekend at the Four Flowers Theatre on the campus of La Jolla Country Day School, 9490 Genesee Avenue. Experts will be on hand to field questions and expect much in the way of student participation.

Schedule of Films:

Susanne Rostock's Sing Your Song (2011), a documentary tribute to Harry Belafonte. (Friday June 22 at 6:30 p.m.)

Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi's Five Broken Cameras (2011) documents a Palestinian farmer's nonviolent resistance to the actions of the Israeli army. village. The story is told through the lenses of five cameras, each which is broken in the struggle. (Saturday June 23 at 10 a.m. and Sunday June 24 at 4 p.m.)

Oren Kaplan's The Hammer (2010) tells the story of the first deaf wrestler to win a National Collegiate Wrestling Championship. (Saturday June 23 at 1 p.m.)

Is Susan Seidelman desperately seeking work or will Musical Chairs (2011), a romantic drama about a wheelchair ballroom dancing contest, rise above its premise? (Saturday June 23 at 4 p.m. and Sunday June 24 at 1 p.m.)

I'll personally vouch for Larry Weinstein's Inside Hana's Suitcase (2009), a compelling introductory lesson to the Holocaust for children and their families. (June 23 at 4 p.m. and June 24 at 1 p.m.)

Admission is $7. Tickets for Sing Your Song are $15 and include opening night reception. Click for more information or to purchase tickets.

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