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“I am thankful to have been a part of this year’s as well as last year’s story circle,” said Denton High School Senior Maya Nixon, who created a film for the sixth annual Campecine Film Fest. “It is truly an amazing opportunity for young people to have their voices listened to without judgment.” The free fest is a joint venture between Denton High students in the school’s chapter of Peer Assistant Leadership and Service and UNT. Nixon is participating in her second Campecine fest this year. Last year, she used to project to creatively express her emotions around her parents divorce.

Film festival puts youth struggle on film

A small film festival guides local high school students in writing, filming and producing films about their life experiences will screen at 10 a.m. Saturday in Crumley Hall at the University of North Texas.

The sixth annual Campecine Film Festival is a joint project of Denton High School Peer Assistance Leadership and Service and two teachers, associate professor of anthropology Mariela Nunez- Janes and Denton High physics teacher Tim Sanches.

The leadership and service group, which is part of a national organization, gives teens the means to express their emotions constructively and creatively. For the past eight years, Nunez-Janes and Sanchez collaborating with the Denton leadership and service chapter to teach a class on digital storytelling. They are assisted by Dallas-based spoken word artists and diversity educators Will Richey and “AP” (Alejandro Perez Jr.) of DaVerse Lounge, who work across the area teaching emotional literacy to youth through poetry, music and visual art.

The screening is free.

— Staff report

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