Clinical Psychologist, Washington, DC
The filmmakers provide a window into the lives and souls of some of our most vulnerable–yet truly triumphant, beautiful and determined–youth. It is a privilege and an inspiration to partake in the experience of this movie.
Emily Arden Eakland
The Daily Creative Project
Fly By Light, a film by One Common Unity, literally changed the lives of fourteen Washington, DC teenagers. And also, it is fair to say, the lives of the adults who created the movie with them. […] This is the real thing because each and every one of the contributors of the movie offered respect and love and compassion and belief – belief that these young people are worthy… We don’t always have the right answers, but we always have what’s in our hearts. And that is enough. This movie is proof that it is enough.
You have to see this amazing documentary [Fly By Light], it’s inspiring and uplifting. It speaks to the part of you that believes in change and in making a difference in the lives of others. Most importantly it shares the stories of some amazing DC youth who were given the opportunity to learn about making peace, using art to overcome adversity and about using love to build community.
Nina Shapiro-Perl, PhD
Filmmaker in Residence, American University
Fly By Light was brilliant! The beauty lay in the way the stories were told with the young folks representing themselves. The film was beautifully shot, the decisions well-made, the editing superb, the music beautiful. Most of all, this was a film that does so well what other of Ellie Walton’s films do: They take big social issues and go in close and reach the heart, letting what is most human in us all find connection. From one heart to another, we can begin to heal our world.
Owner, OmCulture and Yogalife Studios, Seattle, Washington
You must see this documentary! The work that is being done with young people from D.C. is extraordinary.
Street Yoga Seattle, Director of Operations
Fly By Light is a beautiful film that touches on themes of healing, vulnerability as strength, and the power of community. The youth transform in fundamental ways before our eyes, revealing their strength, resilience, and new found belief in themselves. There is a great need for One Common Unity’s work and I hope this film will inspire others to support this work and become active in their own communities!
Joshua Logynn Arthur
Humbled and moved beyond words is all I can say about this film.
Founder, Interdependent Pictures
An excellent film with wonderful vision, powerful scenes, compelling shots, and great characters. Viewers will not be disappointed.
Grammy Nominated, Progressive Hip-Hop Artist
This is a great film that reminds me of the importance in disconnecting from the routine, with a little guidance, did for my life as a kid growing up in the city. I’m glad that a film and program like this exists!
Senior Leader, Off the Mat, Into the World
Fly By Light is an important and inspirational film for anyone who works with youth. It offers deep insights into the ways in which we all can support and uplift future leaders to break the cycle that puts kids “at risk” in every community around the country.
Mikal Amin Lee
Program Director, Urban Word NYC
A powerful testament to the commitment that we must have to the next generation, to give them space to grow, guidance on their path, and motivation to keep pushing forward.
Massachusetts State Senator
Fly By Light is a beautiful movie that shows the trauma that young people of color face in America, while also the strength of coming together, facing your demons and an unkind society, and achieving your dreams, aided by One Common Unity. I highly recommend the film for anyone curious about what so many urban youth are struggling with, and how to help people move forward in their lives.