Yara Maura Silva is a writer, poet, journalist, cartoonist, author, playwright, lyricist, as well as an international executive. As the head of MSP International INC. she has singlehandedly lead the promotion of the characters for kids created by Mauricio de Sousa throughout the five continents. She is the author of texts in verse for innumerous book collections that have been published in Brazil by Editoras Abril, Cedic, Consultor, Fama, FTD, Globo,Mauricio de Sousa Editora, Melhoramentos, Nova Fronteira, Panini, and Siciliano. Her books have also been translated to several languages and published by Classica, PT Gramedia, and Panini Europe. Those books, illustrated by Mauricio de Sousa, have reached over 18 million copies. Many titles have been selected by the PNLD (Plano Nacional do Livro Didatico) and other similar organizations that place books across school libraries in Brazil Yara Maura created both the text and the lyrics for the celebrated musical play “Monica and Jimmy Five in the World of Romeo and Juliet.” In 2013 the revival of the play returned to the stage as part of the 50th anniversary of the character Monica. Editor Arnaldo Niskier, the president of the Brazilian Academy of Letters, selected her script for a book featuring the ten best plays for children in Brazil. Her brother, Marcio Roberto, composed the music and Yara Maura created the lyrics for other musicals as well as animations featuring Monica’s Gang, Their music has been published by RCA / Fermata, Polygram, Warner Chappel, and Sonica. Their CDs have been awarded Gold Records three times Yara Maura was the first woman writer of the Chico Anysio show on Globo T.V. She has supervised and created lyrics for 80 educational programs produced for T.V. in a project with FIESP featuring Monica’s Gang. As a cartoonist she launched daily strips with children characters of her own creation that have been featured for seven years in the newspaper “Correio Braziliense”. She was responsible for the concept of Comics-for-a-Cause, created for social and educational campaigns with over 70 million copies published. These have been translated in various languages to teach the children of the Americas about health and well-being. Those campaigns have also been promoted with a series of Public Service Announcements shown on TV channels all across the world. Comics-for-a-cause has had over 30 campaigns, four of which were especially made for the International Health Day presented by WHO and PAHO (Pan American Health Org.) who have bestowed upon her brother Mauricio de Sousa the title of Champion of Health in the Americas. Yara Maura has actively participated in important Books, Animation, and Brand Licensing Events, and has been a part of countless international panels and conferences in Brazil, Europe, Latin America, and the United States. Appointed ‘Consul dos Poetas del Mundo’ Given the title ‘Ambassador of Peace’ By “Cercle Universel des Ambassadeurs de la Paix” – An organization based in Switzerland and France U.S.A. Consultant of The International Association of Poets Consultant for the Brazilian Endowment of Arts N.Y. Affiliations: Copyright Holders Association SBAT - Brazilian Society of Playwrights REBRA – Brazilian Writers Network UBENY – Brazilian Writers Union, New York Division
Got big ideas for the future? Love to make films -- or ever secretly wished to give it a shot?
Well, this is your chance! The White House Student Film Festival is back with a new theme: "The World I Want to Live In." From now through July 15th, we'll be taking submissions from K-12 students across the country. We can’t wait to see your vision for the future, whether its fiction, animation, or documentary.
Check out WhiteHouse.Gov/FilmFest to learn more about the event and read the official submission guidelines.
Over the past years we’ve received thousands of submissions -- truly amazing creations that inspired us film buffs here at the White House. This will be President Obama’s third and final White House Student Film Festival, so we encourage you to spread the word to friends, whether they are kids, parents or teachers with a passion for creating videos and sharing stories. Students under the age of 14 should have their parent, guardian, or teacher assist with submitting.
If your project is selected, you may have a chance to attend the Film Fest right here at the White House. The Official Selections will also be featured across the White House website and social media channels. You can watch several entries from the past two student film festivals for some inspiration.
Remember, submissions close on July 15th, so get filming to be sure that deadline doesn't sneak up on you!
Show us the future you imagine, because we’d like to share it with the world. Don’t forget to spread the word: It's time for lights, camera, action!