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      Latino youth sheds light on immigration

      Fifteen students selected to participate in the Latino Teen Film Festival gathered Sunday afternoon to present their projects to family and friends.

      Columbia, SC (WACH) - Fifteen students selected to participate in the Latino Teen Film Festival gathered Sunday afternoon to present their projects to family and friends.

      Over the course of one weekend, the Latino youth participants created five minute videos to shed light on the immigration issues from their perspective.

      "We've done it all from scratch," said Gideon Hodges, a participant in this years Latino Teen Film Festival. "Being able to show it to every one today is really rewarding."

      With the help of Appleseed Legal Justice Center, youth were provided with the latest in information on immigration, which stimulated created conversation among the students.

      Hodges says though he has not been directly affected by immigration, he wants America to stop viewing the topic with a negative connotation.

      Video's produced by the Latino youth participants are now available at www.publicmediacorps.org.