2021 Speak Truth to Power Video Contest

Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights partnered with the Tribeca Film Festival to debut the works of four student finalists from its 2021 Speak Truth to Power video competition on Wednesday, June 9. The showcase of new talent kicked off Tribeca’s 20th anniversary celebration, the first major North American film festival to be held in-person since the pandemic, heralding a return to live entertainment in New York and beyond.

The annual Speak Truth to Power video contest encourages middle school and high school students to become engaged in key human rights issues through creative storytelling. The contest is designed so that students from all backgrounds, particularly those from low-income communities, can participate without needing expensive equipment or prior video editing skills. 

The next contest cycle will launch in mid-August 2021.

More in our press release

2021 Grand Prize Winner

"Fruits of Labor: The Exploitation of Farmworkers" by Kristen Wang from Thomas S. Wootton High School in Rockville, MD.

2021 Second Place Winner

“The Rebuilding of Our Justice System” by Jenna Jokhani from the International School Bangkok in Bangkok, Thailand.

2021 Third Place Co-Winner

“Hero for Humanity” by students at the George School in Newtown, PA.

Director: Sophia Bediako-Maier
Writers: Keira Maloney, Faye Joseph, Dash Atwood, Neha Kalakuntla
Editor: Zachary Spangler
Cinematography: Hyatt Sparks-Woodford

2021 Third Place Co-Winner

“Lewis Webb Jr.: Healing Justice” by students at the George School in Newtown, PA.

Director: Aqua Withers Carello
Writers: Maia Mascari, Rebecca Kim, Charlotte Gougher, Kitty Evans, Basem Baadarani-Feeney
Illustrations: Leo Hu

About the Speak Truth Video Contest

Alongside the American Federation of Teachers and based on Kerry Kennedy's book Speak Truth To Power: Human Rights Defenders Who Are Changing Our World, our middle and high school filmmaking competition encourages students to become engaged in human rights through video production.