|FOR A BETTER LIFE|
|East Coast Premiere|
|Cast: ||Fekri Kram|
|Crew: ||Producers: Yasmin Mistry, Kimberly DiPersia - Screenwriters: Maxine Trump, Kimberly DiPersia - Editor: Maxine Trump - Illustrators: Hathaison Gerdprasert, Noure Zein, Andrea Porretta - Lead Animators: Nicolas Maglieri, Yasmin Mistry, Nivetha Kannan
Sold for $100 at the age of 5, Fekri suffers through years of abuse before his plight is discovered. After almost a year of hospitalization and therapy Fekri moves into a group home where he finds support, mentorship, and eventual forgiveness towards the family which sold him.
Yasmin Mistry is an Emmy-nominated animator and filmmaker. Her work has been displayed worldwide including recent showings at the White House and United Nations as well as at film festivals such as Cannes, SXSW, Tribeca and Clermont-Ferrand. She is the recipient of the Puffin Foundation's 2013 & 2017 film grants, the Brooklyn Arts Council's 2014 - 2017 film grants, the Jessie Streich-Kest Memorial Grant, and the Riverside Sharing Fund. Her first live-action film, "Feeling Wanted" was an official selection of more than 30 film festivals. The film won 13 awards and was nominated for Best Short Film of 2015 by Adoption At The Movies.
When not working as an artist, Yasmin dedicates her time to the foster youth of New York City. As a Court Appointed Special Advocate, she received the 2012 Advocate of The Year Award for her dedication to getting services for foster care children with special needs. Yasmin was inspired to create this film when she realized the voices of the children she worked with were not being heard and their stories never told.