AN INTRODUCTION TO THE WALK WITH HEROES PROGRAM
Prepared by Alvaro & Boris Castellanos
PART 1 of 2 - Introduction
WHAT WE DO
WALK WITH HEROES is a program that encourages and empowers youth to stand up for others who may be victims of racism, bullying, homophobia or other forms of discrimination using live dynamic multimedia presentations by artists and young emerging speakers. Our aim is to inspire young people to take up action against discrimination at school or in the workplace through stories of real life heroes who stood up for others in the face of injustice.
Walk With Heroes (WWH) seeks to galvanize and energize the efforts of proactive youth who want to be involved in the process of making our communities more accepting, tolerant, and diversity-embracing. The program will educate and activate youth while creating new forums for emerging artists and their socially conscious work.
To reach the greatest number of students and youth and encourage maximum participation, all of the Walk With Heroes screenings and public talks will be free of charge to the general public. Walk With Heroes is therefore appealing to partners to support this initiative.
The first of the documentary short films in the Walk With Heroes series is currently in production. ‘The Salvadoran Rescue Mission’ is a film about the life of Colonel José Arturo Castellanos, a humanitarian who carried out one of the most successful rescues missions of WWII. Known to many as the ‘Latin American Oskar Schindler’, Castellanos used his authority as Consul General of El Salvador in Hamburg and Geneva to save the lives of thousands of victims of the Nazis through the issue of Salvadoran Nationality papers.
Walk With Heroes will also feature and produce a short film about Canadian hero Ryan Hreljac who has dedicated his life since childhood to providing clean water wells for people in Africa.
By partnering up with the Walk With Heroes Program, you are furthering a movement aimed at inspiring young people into action for positive social change in our communities. Walk With Heroes will meet this aim by presenting multimedia artists and young emerging speakers to youth in colleges and universities throughout The US and Canada. For our 2016 campaign, filmmakers Alvaro & Boris Castellanos will connect directly with young audiences and put into context the story of their grandfather and his heroic rescue of thousands of lives from the Nazis. The brothers will address and shed light on the contemporary lessons inherent in the story using their own struggle with extreme bullying as newcomers to Canada in the late1980’s.
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