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YMCA
"Us"
90s
27 September 2017
USA Charities

This bold film from the newly branded Y (formerly YMCA) serves as a statement of intent - a promise to create unity where there is division. Director Malik Vitthal doesn't shy away from the grim realities of life in modern America, as gritty shots address racism, violence, and protest with an unblinking frankness.

It's a gutsy move to suggest these problems can be fixed with sports clubs and study groups, but this film points to the sense of community they establish as they key to moving forward together. The Y is shown as a place where people of all races, ages, and beliefs can find common ground.

This astutely constructed piece of work portrays America's diversity as its strength - something which shouldn't be as controversial as it has become. It's a brave, necessary statement in the current climate, and deserves every plaudit.

Churchill
"Drive On"

Chris said:

looks a bit in-house


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YMCA
"Us"
90s
27 Sep 2017
This bold film from the newly branded Y (formerly YMCA) serves as a statement of intent, a promise that the organisation will work to bring communities together during this divided time. Director Malik Vitthal doesn't shy away from the grim realities of life in modern America, as gritty shots address racism, violence, and police brutality with unblinking frankness.

YMCA
"Idle Hands"
68s
29 Feb 2016
The sense of dread in this intelligently-written spot for the YMCA is ratcheted up by the music; a note rising higher and higher as the tension is wound ever tighter. Disaffected youth is its focus: bored and alienated, teens can drift into petty crime and violence out of a desire to feel something, anything... but give that energy a positive outlet and wonderful results may blossom.

YMCA
"Questions"
60s
7 Apr 2010
This animated Canadian film is the best advert for the YMCA since The Village People. A child's voice describes all the communication failing of modern society before suggesting that a solution can be found at the YMCA where there is a strong sense of community.

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