Pioneering Congresswoman, Children’s Entertainment Icon and Young Poet Laureate Honored at the First Children’s Resilience in Film Awards

Shine Global, an Academy Award- and Emmy Award-winning nonprofit media company, will honor Congressman Lucille Roybal AllardActress Sonia Manzanoand Philadelphia’s Young Poet Laureate, Cydney Brown, in Los Angeles on October 20

NEW YORK, October 10, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Emmy and Academy Award-winning non-profit media company Shine Global announced to esteemed honorees that it will recognize its first-ever Children’s Resilience in Film Awards on October 20, 2022 In Los Angeles. Shine Global, co-founded by Albie Hecht Y Susan Maclaurywill honor the trailblazing congresswoman Lucille Roybal Allard for his commitment to defending children’s rights; actress and screenwriter, Sonia Manzano for his contributions to children’s entertainment; and Philadelphia Youth Poet Laureate 2020-21, cydney brownfor their work inspiring children and families to speak their truth and fight for change.

Photo by David González courtesy of Fred Rogers Productions.

Titan Award Recognizes a leader in the film and television/media industry who has had a significant impact in advancing children’s causes and media for young audiences.

Sonia Manzano is an Emmy Award-winning actress, producer, screenwriter, author, and speaker whose contributions to children’s media span more than five decades. Better known as “Maria” in Sesame Street For multiple generations of viewers around the world, Sonia is a fifteen-time Emmy Award-winning screenwriter and author of numerous acclaimed children’s books on Latino families and children’s resilience. Most recently, Manzano returned to PBS as the creator of soul path, a new children’s show set in El bronx.

Children’s Champion AwardIt recognizes an individual who has demonstrated a deep commitment through generous support and commitment to youth and family causes.

female participant Lucille Roybal Allard, the first Mexican-American woman elected to Congress, has demonstrated a deep commitment to advancing children’s rights throughout her thirty years on Capitol Hill. In Congress, she has pioneered the protection of children’s health through the Lifesaving Newborn Screening Act and the Sober Truth Act on Preventing Underage Drinking ( STOP, for its acronym in English). Roybal-Allard is also a leading advocate for immigrant families and children, as the original co-author of the Dream Act and a sponsor of the Children’s Act for Responsible Employment (CARE).

Youth Activist AwardIt recognizes the advocacy of a young person who raises awareness about important issues facing the next generation and has positively affected policy or change in their communities.

cydney brown is the former Philadelphia Youth Poet Laureate and the award-winning author of “Daydreaming.” He has recited his poetry at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Benjamin Franklin Hall, lincoln universityThe Ideas We Should Steal Festival, and wants to inspire people to speak their truth and share their poetry with the world.

“There are countless people who have committed their lives to shine a light on the challenges young people face, but few have committed to raising their voices. Congressman Roybal-Allard, Sonia ManzanoY cydney brown are three of those people,” said Susan MaclauryCEO of Shine Global. “Despite their varied spheres of influence, each of our honorees has harnessed their power to highlight issues that are often forgotten, amplify the voices of young people, and make this world brighter for the next generation.”

In addition to honoring these three individuals, Shine Global will announce the inaugural winner of the Children’s Resilience in Film Award at the October 20 ceremony. Nominees include:

  • Gabi: Between 8 and 13 years old (Sweden/Denmark/Norway), directed by Engeli Broberg

  • GET UP (USA), directed by David J Petersen

  • Maika: the girl from another galaxy (Vietnam), directed by Ham Tran

  • bright world scenes (USA), directed by Jared Jackins

The winner will be selected by a jury made up of kay wilson stables, Maria Perez Brown, Amy Kennedy, Scott Feinbergand Jana Sue Memel and will receive a $25,000 cash prize.

A preview of the nominated films can be seen here:

The first-of-its-kind award will honor preeminent filmmakers who masterfully spotlight and celebrate the inspirational strength, creativity and power of children around the world. The Children’s Resilience in Film Award seeks to shine a much-needed light on the uplifting and inspiring stories of children who offer hope to global audiences and the talented filmmakers who tell them.

The inaugural 2022 Children’s Resilience in Film Award is sponsored in part by media partner the hollywood reporter and Paramount Pictures; Sunlight Entertainment, Del Shaw Moonves Tanaka Finkelstein Lezcano Bobb & Dang; Mattel Inc; Pocket Watch; Peaceful Quest; Jim and Kimberly Caccavo; Ellen and Wendell Maddrey; DreamWorks Animation; IMAX; A.JAFFE; and hospitality partner Sunset Marquis Hotel.

About Shine Global

Shine Global is a non-profit media company founded by Albie Hecht Y Susan Maclaury that gives children and their families a voice by telling their stories of resilience to raise awareness, promote action and inspire change. We produce inspiring films and compelling content about underserved children. Through tailored distribution and outreach, we connect with our audiences in communities, classrooms, museums, and on Capitol Hill as part of a powerful engagement campaign to foster social change.

Since its founding in 2005, Shine Global films have won more than 100 major awards, including an Academy Award.® for Best Documentary Short Film for Innocent and an academy award®-nomination and two Emmy Awards® by War/Dance. Recent films include the documentary-animation hybrid Liyanathe successful documentary the eagle huntress, Through Our Eyes: Homefront which is available on HBOMax, and home is somewhere else which is currently in festivals.

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