You are an unarmed UN civilian in charge of a compound where 12000 people have fled for safety. You are confronted by 80 armed soldiers and a government minister demanding to enter the compound. You know they will almost certainly kill people if they get in. What do you do?
This short film is winner of the MY HERO International Film Festival Human Rights Prize and the Ron Kovic Peace Prize. Ken Payumo himself has been given the festival's 2015 Humanitarian Award.
For many people in Somaliland, a self-declared autonomous state in northern Somalia, life is often precarious. Losing a flock of sheep to drought can mean the end of a whole way of life. With almost no legal protection, rural women are especially at risk – but some are determined to change their odds.
Mike and Leah have been together for seven years, but they have never made a decision. As their summer rental on Fire Island draws to a close, things are looking bleak. They quickly discover what lengths they are willing to go, both to avoid, and then to force, a choice. Their future depends on the flip of a coin.
Despite being born deaf, Signmark, real name Marko Vuoriheimo, has successfully carved out a career for himself as a rap artist. He performs "bilingually" - meaning he uses sign-language for the deaf audience while his collaborator, Brandon, a hearing rap artist, sings for the hearing audience.
Signmark, who comes from Finland, has built up a worldwide following and he wants people to think carefully about how they view deaf people: do they have a disability or are they more accurately described as belonging to a linguistic minority? While making his first album, Signmark discovered the dark history of the treatment of deaf people in Finland in the twentieth century - all in the name of eugenics.
I shot this short film at Minnesota University.
In the midst of a long-running violent conflict, it's often parents who experience the greatest fear. What will happen to their children? Can they keep their children from being sucked in? At the best of times and in the most peaceful societies, young people often get into trouble. But in the Arab-Israeli conflict, getting into trouble can mean jail, injury or death.
The Arab-Israeli confrontation over land and security affects millions, but this short film focuses on one family's dilemma. Sameeha Jibriyn has seen her son Murad arrested and jailed four times. He continues to protest agains Israeli settlers who, he says, have taken their land by force. Many settlers believe they have a right to the land based on history and religion. Sameeha just hopes her son will stay quiet and avoid drawing attention.
There is an upside to the story. A local youth project, the idea of a former teacher, is encouraging young people across the West Bank to stand for election to youth councils. Murad was duly elected - and now he and his fellow councillors work to improve their community. It's a chance to contribute, to gain a measure of control over their own lives. It's a small but significant start.
The youth project receives assistance from the United Nations Democracy Fund.