Phoenix Movie Competition capabilities documentary produced by 8th grader

Steven Hoffen’s film, “Escalating Peace in the Middle East,” tells the tale of Jewish and Arab females in Israel united by means of hydroponic farming.

PHOENIX — This year’s Phoenix Film Competition will characteristic a documentary built solely by a 14-year-outdated.

Steven Hoffen’s movie, “Developing Peace in the Center East,” tells the story of Jewish and Arab women of all ages in Israel united by hydroponic farming. Steven was encouraged to notify the story soon after viewing Sindyanna of Galilee, a farm in Israel.

The 8th grader started out this undertaking at the starting of the pandemic. Many thanks to remote interviews, he could finish the film totally from his house in New York. Once concluded, he commenced making use of to many film festivals and was approved into additional than 70 of them around the world.

Hoffen hopes his film can present a various side of a location extended outlined by conflict.

“You see an firm like Sindyanna, who’s bringing these Jewish and Arab women with each other, and so that is sort of proof that conflict can conclude,” he explained.

In addition to the movie, Hoffen begun a nonprofit to support refugees and finish entire world hunger. The group, Escalating Peace Inc., is at the moment functioning with farms and food items banks to implement hydroponic farming to build sustainable, self-ample foodstuff resources for people in need.  

“Growing Peace in the Middle East” will be screened at the Phoenix Movie Pageant on April 1, 3, and 8 as portion of the “Documentary Shorts A” group. 

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