Monday, March 8, 2021

National Geographic's Own The Room on Disney Plus

Own The Room, the newest documentary from National Geographic Films premieres on Disney Plus March 12th. The documentary follows five industrious students as they compete for the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards.

Leave it to Disney Plus and National Geographic Films to bring us the inspiring story of fifty-one students competing to make the world a better place through their dream projects.

Own The Room Trailer:

Non Spoiler Synopsis From Disney Plus:

Own the Room chronicles five students from disparate corners of the planet as they take their budding business ventures to Macau, China to compete in the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards. Santosh is from a small farming town in Nepal,  Alondra works the register at her family's bakery in Puerto Rico. Henry is a programming wiz rom Nairobi. Jason is a marketing machine from Greece. Daniela, an immigrant fleeing the crisis in Venezuela is taking on the chemical industry from her lab at NYU. In the uplifting film, each of the business hopefully has overcome immense obstacles in pursuing their dreams. From hurricanes, poverty to civil unrest.  As they represent their countries as the top student entrepreneurs, the high-stakes global finals are their opportunity to win worldwide attention and the coveted $100,000 grand prize too make their life- changing business ideas a reality and transform the world.



Own The Room is an inspirational and motivating film. Whether you have the entrepreneurial bug or just love a feel good story this film hits all the high notes.
The film starts off by acquainting us with five of the student-entrepreneur finalists in the competition.  As we get to know Alondra (Puerto Rico), Daniela (USA), Henry (Nairobi), Santosh (Nepal) and Jason (Greece) it becomes impossible to root for just one. Each is personable and brings an infectious passion to their project. 

During the course of the film we are not sure if any of the five will win the competition. There are forty-six other extremely talented finalists.  The directors do a brilliant job bringing the audience along on the journey through the competition. I found myself rooting for all five candidates. Trust me it is impossible to pick a favorite.

Own The Room is full of inspiration. I sat staring at my screen for a few minutes after the film ended with a sense of hope for a bright future that I have not felt since 2020 struck. Bravo to Cristina Costantini and Darren Foster. Thank you for reminding us that there are people who are willing and able to make this world a better place. 

From Disney Plus:

Own The Room is the second film from the Emmy and DuPont Award-winning documentary filmmaking duo Cristina Costantini and Darren Foster.
“Science Fair” made its streaming debut on Disney+ last year when the service launched. The documentary is produced by Rupert Maconick and Jeffrey Plunkett with Tobias Lutke, Jason Badal, Colin McRae, Carolyn Bernstein and Ryan Harrington executive producing.

“We are thrilled to be partnering again with brilliant directing duo, Cristina and Darren, to tell this much-needed story of hope and optimism,” said Carolyn Bernstein, executive vice president of Scripted Content and Documentary Films at National Geographic. “‘Own The Room's trailblazing group of young innovators are audaciously pushing boundaries to create a better world for generations to come, and their extraordinary work deserves our attention.”

About GSEA:

The EO Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) is the premier global competition for students who own and operate a business while attending college or university. Nominees compete against their peers from around the world in a series of local and/or national competitions in hopes to qualify for the GSEA Global Finals. EO GSEA supports student entrepreneurs who require much-needed mentorship, recognition and connections to take their businesses to the next level of success.

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