Sarah and Leah Talabi were told by their mother from the time they were very young, “You can do whatever you want with your life, but first you have to start a company because you have to contribute to the world before you take from it.” The twins, now 23, took that advice to heart. In 2017 at the age of 17, they started Changemakers Studio, with the goal of telling stories that disrupt the status quo and inspire action on society’s most pressing issues. The studio will release the documentary Democracy Dies in Darkness on April 19th, a film that examines the political and cultural shift caused by the overthrow of Roe v. Wade. Sarah and Leah directed the film.

The twin’s passion for activism, politics, and social change began in 2008 when they were just 8 years old. Their mother, a native of France, was inspired by then presidential candidate Barack Obama and applied for American citizenship in order to vote for him. She took Sarah and Leah along with their baby sister to volunteer at the local campaign office. They made phone calls and posters and even traveled a bit. It was then, star struck by Obama, Vice Presidential candidate Joseph Biden, and their social causes, that Sarah and Leah’s mission to make a difference in the world was ignited. This mission, along with an entrepreneurial spirit inherited from both parents, provides the foundation for Changemakers Studio which seeks to amplify marginalized voices.

I asked both Sarah and Leah about their goal of speaking up for others.

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