Us Kids (2020)

  • Documentary
  • 1h 38m

Kathleen Bryan Edwards Award for Human Rights

On February 14, 2018, a gunman walked into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, killed 17 people, and wounded 17 others. On March 24, 2018, the March for Our Lives demonstration, organized by surviving students, was held in Washington, D.C., and other cities to promote legislation targeting gun control. Attended by more than a million people across the U.S., it became one of the largest student-led movements since the Vietnam War. Gun enthusiasts hoped it would end there, yet the march was only the beginning. Armed with what they’d learned from AP Government class and planning prom, the students continued their movement during the summer of 2018, touring the nation, organizing rallies, and targeting politicians who had received money from the National Rifle Association. Director Kim A. Snyder matches the film’s tempo to the pace of a grueling summer in which the students tour from city to city and repeatedly relive their trauma in the fight for policy change. Between powerful speeches heard and applauded by thousands of people are intimate conversations with teenagers who are still processing their own grief over the shooting and their loss of hope of restoring normalcy to their teenage years. KL