One Common Unity and Straight, No Chaser Productions created A NU View originally as an essay contest in which 10 youth winners were selected to create the documentary film A Weigh with Words in order to give young people living in the inner-city an experience of civic engagement through omni-media and innovative peace education. Once created the film was entered into film festivals, screened in public schools, debuted at Regal Cinemas in Washington, DC, and in select cities throughout the nation on public access television stations. The Gandhi Institute of Non-Violence, in 2007, through financially sponsoring this dynamic new initiative assisted us in giving youth a platform to voice their concern and solutions for societal problems.
A Weigh with Words follows eight DC teenagers as they interview celebrities, scholars, politicians and each other. Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, and DMC of Run-DMC are just a few of the notables who share their thoughts on the Don Imus scandal, the NAACP’s N-word funeral, and the current state of Hip Hop in this ground-breaking look at the power of language.