We the Children Documentary

We the Children is an award-winning documentary about children’s thoughts and feelings on politics.

This film captures Pono students’ concerns about the 2016 election results and their ensuing political journey. Filmmakers Jamal Joseph and Mike DeCaro follow the children, ages 7 to 11, as they study constitutional law, engage in activism, and get involved in New York City’s Harlem community. The subjects of We the Children ultimately challenge the general perception of children’s limited role in politics and encourage viewers to consider children’s political voice.


We are honored that We the Children has received the following awards and recognitions:

A Gold Winner 2018 online award from the International Independent Film Awards

A nomination for Best Short Documentary from the NYC Independent Film Festival

The award for Best Characters at the Los Angeles FEEDBACK Film & Screenplay Festival. See audience feedback about We the Children here.

The award for Best Youth Short Film at the Harlem International Film Festival. This award is especially meaningful to us, as it is an honor to be recognized by our local Harlem community.


The following national and international film festivals have screened We the Children:

The New York Short Film Festival (New York City / November 3, 2018)

YoFiFest (Yonkers, New York / November 6, 2018)

New Filmmakers Documentary Program (New York City / November 14, 2018)

Documentary Short Film Festival (Toronto, Canada / November 22, 2018)

Kids First! Film Festival (online)

JAYU's Human Rights Film Festival (Toronto, Canada / December 7, 2018)

The Los Angeles FEEDBACK Film & Screenplay Festival (Los Angeles, California / May 2, 2019)

The NYC Independent Film Festival (New York City / May 11, 2019)

The i.P.A.S. Film Festival (Athens, Greece / May 12, 2019)

The Harlem International Film Festival (New York City / May 18, 2019)


Lydia’s Magic Garden on October 5, 2019 at 6:30 pm. Lydia’s Magic Garden is located at 100 East 118th Street, New York, NY 10035.