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Creating Art From the Soul | Ya’Ke Smith | TEDxUTA

Films have been entertaining the masses for over 100 years. They have gotten us through our most difficult times, allowing us to escape from the chaos that often plagues our daily life. But, watching films can be more than a passive euphoric experience. When used as a weapon to combat societal ills, it can stir your soul in such a way that it forces you to take action. Ya’Ke’s films deal with many social topics, bringing to the forefront those issues that we want to elude. His work forces us to not only examine ourselves, but to also look at others with more understanding. He will discuss the inspirations for his films as well as the impact he hopes they will have on the viewer; films that are personal, yet speak to universal issues we must all confront in order for us to heal.


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Creating Art From the Soul | Ya’Ke Smith | TEDxUTA