By Anabelle Martinez, United States
Anabelle Martinez was a junior at Mesa Ridge High School when she made this film. She heads the Diversity Club. Anabelle applied to Youth Documentary Academy wanting to make an intergenerational documentary about LGBT lives. She found several subjects who span different age groups and explored their relationship to specific issues in the LGBT community. The result is her film WE EXIST, which provides both historical and contemporary context for the LGBT rights movement. As an active member of her school’s Gay Straight Alliance and Diversity Club, Anabelle prides herself on working collaboratively with folks from diverse backgrounds. She also is keenly interested in photography and using storytelling, photography and film to create and share untold stories.