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Each year, RadioWest sits down for in-depth conversations with filmmakers and producers during the Sundance Film Festival. Just like the festival, the RadioWest team has eclectic taste. We hope you enjoy the diversity of topics as much as we do.

Sundance 2020: 'Us Kids'

Courtesy of Sundance Institute


In the 2020 Sundance documentary Us Kids, director Kim A. Snyder chronicles how a group of high school students got thousands of young people all over the country talking about the impact of gun violence, and even made activism cool.

On Valentine’s Day, 2018, a gunman killed 17 people at Parkland, Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, and injured another 17.  In the days and weeks following the attack, a group of Stoneman Douglas students started speaking out against gun violence, holding rallies, making appearances on news programs and hosting a Washington D.C. demonstration, March For Our Lives.

Snyder followed these student-activists over 18 months as March For Our Lives became a national movement to prevent gun violence. Us Kids is a coming-of-age story about young people dealing with horrific trauma, and how they are using it as a catalyst to try to make sure no other students experience a similar tragedy.