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Cai Thomas

Cai Thomas is a Liberty City native and Chicago based storyteller whose curiosity was born and nurtured in the "Moonlight" neighborhood. She's a filmmaker/DP interested in stories at the intersection of identity, self-determination, and location. Cai is a NeXt Doc, Sundance Ignite, Sisters in Cinema, Double Exposure and Kartemquin Diverse Voices in Documentary Fellow, and was a Berlin Capital Fulbright awardee in 2017 as well as a Tribeca Film Institute IF/Then Finalist in 2019. She's an Emmy award-winning producer from her two-season tenure at CBS Sunday Morning. A graduate of Boston College, she was a Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholar.

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5th grade activists canvas the trains of Chicago in hopes of garnering community support to change the name of a park currently named after a slave owner to Frederick Douglass Park as part of their grass roots campaign curriculum.

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The film features 5th grade activists from Village Leadership Academy and exhibits the power of encouraging Black youth to be involved in the democratic process from a young age and the culture of activism in the city. There is also power in seeing a Black educator empower her students to enact the change they want to see in the world.