About the podcast guest
Kasha Sequoia Slavner was 16 when she set out to create a documentary, The Sunrise Storyteller, which since being released in 2017, has been screened at 60+ festivals and won 30 awards. She is also a photographer, entrepreneur, and social justice advocate. Kasha has been commissioned by National Geographic Learning, and she is a contributor to Thrive Global, The Huffington Post, Good Magazine, and the Matador Network.
Kasha is currently in development for her next feature documentary 1.5 Degrees of Peace—a documentary film to inspire a unified movement for peace and climate justice. Tune into this episode where we talk about Kasha's journey of traveling the world to create a documentary in high school!
Some Questions We Ask
- You were only 16 years old when you set out across the world for six months to make The Sunrise Storyteller and you completed it upon returning to high school. What pushed/inspired you to create a documentary at such a young age and can you tell us what it's about?
- What is the biggest message you wanted to get across when making your documentary?
- Did you ever doubt yourself when going on this journey and taking a year off high school? Was there anyone telling you not to do this because it was perceived as risky? If so what made you listen to your desire to make The Sunrise Storyteller?
- Is there any advice you would give to someone looking to create their own documentary?
- Do you ever face any hardships or worried about balancing school and your documentary, and how do you go about this?
The climate clock is ticking and so are—not to sound too extensional—so are various other extensional threats. We really need to inspire people to take action cause as I said in the last film a lot of us especially youth can feel very paralyzed by these issues, they seem too big to us to do anything about them so we really have to I think it is very similar to The Sunrise Storyteller in the way that I do my storytelling is you know by letting people tell their own stories of the ways they are finding solutions for these seemingly insurmountable issues we can hopefully learn from their experiences partner with them in allyship and also take on our unique ways to make a difference on these issues.
Watch a documentary.
Get personal with an issue you want to make change within.
Try to educate yourself about a topic.