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‘How We Heal’ receives another accolade
October 12, 2023

Healthy NewsWorks’ award-winning film How We Heal has received yet another accolade—it has been retained by the International Children’s Media Center. That means our film has made the cut for potential inclusion in the ICMC’s many festivals.

The 22-minute film features student journalists speaking with therapists, educators, scientists, artists, athletes, and others about healing. It was completed during the 2021-22 school year under the direction of filmmaker Rodney Whittenberg, who partnered with Healthy NewsWorks on the project. 

“I am so proud of the work of these young reporters and humbled by the continued recognition,” Rodney said. “The Children’s Media Center is a well- respected organization, and their curated film festivals are highly regarded in children’s media and education.”

How We Heal was among hundreds of films from dozens of countries submitted during the ICMC’s 2022-2023 Call for Entries, according to the ICMC. All films were viewed and evaluated by ICMC selection committees, juries, and focus groups. Selected films, including How We Heal, now advance to curating juries for potential festival inclusion, the ICMC said in an email.

“This was an important project for our program that gave our students an exciting way to share information from experts about how people can move ahead during challenging times,” said Marian Uhlman, executive director of Healthy NewsWorks. “We are thrilled by this opportunity with the International Children’s Media Center, through which even more people may be able to see our students’ work.”

How We Heal was named Best Children’s Media winner during the 2022 San Diego International Kids’ Film Festival. It was among more than 145 projects from more than 30 countries selected by the SDIKFF, which promotes educational entertainment for children and youth and supports films it considers innovative from around the world.

Our students’ film is also available for private screenings. Please contact Healthy NewsWorks at editor@healthynewsworks.org to arrange one in your classroom, for your community organization, or for your company.

Want to dig deeper? Check out our How We Heal page, which includes our students’ book, video clips, and activities that you can be shared in your classroom or at home.

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Since 2003, Healthy NewsWorks has been empowering elementary and middle school students to become researchers, writers, and confident communicators who advance health understanding and literacy through their factual publications and digital media.