“Don’t Judge me. What would you do?” Dialogue through a youth-made film

  • Anna Ryoo University of British Columbia
  • Ching-Chiu Lin University of British Columbia
  • Kit Grauer University of British Columbia


This visual essay focuses on the ways in which a 17-year-old First Nations filmmaker engages with complex issues of identity and belonging through his short film. Through a narrative analysis of the film along with the participant’s reflection, we highlight some of the complexities of youth-made media as well as how digital-mediated arts practices can carve out space for youth who feel marginalized in traditional institutional contexts. The educational value of film, as a form of digital media, allows both producers and viewers to engage in dialogue with the perspectives of people from different cultures and social classes.