A Fish Almost Eaten By A Shark (English)

A 17 year-old soccer playing Latina tries to make a video, “How to Start a Gay-Straight Alliance in Your High School,” and runs smack into her principal’s homophobia instead. After taking part in the Girls! Action! Media! workshop at Horizons, 16 year old Zaida Sanabia partnered with Beyondmedia to make this sobering and heartfelt documentary on school and family life for queer students. This Beyondmedia video is currently in distribution locally and internationally, and is used as a training tool on LGBTQ youth, school safety and homophobia.

Zaida Sanabia, Beyondmedia’s Youth Coordinator and the video’s producer, conducts an ongoing program of screenings with discussions in high schools, drop-in programs, universities and organizations around the Chicago metropolitan area. A Fish has also shown on cable television and at 15 film and video festivals throughout the US and beyond, garnering two first-place awards. Zaida received Chicago Foundation for Women’s Ripple Affect award as “a shining example of the triumph of women and girls when given the opportunity.” Sanabia has since been inducted to the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame. See https://beyondmedia.org for more information.