Tuesday, September 22, 2020

The artist Grace Lynne Haynes describes her process for portraying the American abolitionist Sojourner Truth's fight for broader equality in her first New Yorker cover.


Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Watch the whole film and see how a pioneer in our industry and great teacher, Haskell Wexler shot the March On Washington!
Haskell Wexler posts: With all of the recent talk about the anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech I thought it would be appropriate to make my 1963 film "The Bus" available to stream online for the first time. https://vimeo.com/ondemand/thebus

The Bus trailer from Jeff Wexler on Vimeo.

Full film: http://pdl.vimeocdn.com/59855/169/191158374.mp4?token=1381342707_17945c677a406122ccf6e8cbff003f77


The story of an aspiring rap artist who survives failed levees and manages to overcome her difficult past to create a chance of a new life.


  • Why was it made and what is it trying to make us feel, learn or do?
  • How does the shooting style, sound, editing affect your mood and feeling?
  • Does it accomplish what it sets out to do?
  • Is it done in a way that fits the subject and goals?

The Social Power of Street Photography:


Tuesday, September 8, 2020

 Watch the following video by artist, Anida Yoeu Ali.

Write 100 words or one page:
  • How and why does this film touch, move or inspire you?
  • How does it express, record, reveal or preserve?
  • How does it persuade or promote?
  • Relate your responses to the current "Islamophobia" issues being discussed (or ignored) by "Mainstream Media." 
1700% Project: Mistaken for Muslim from Anida Yoeu Ali on Vimeo.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Welcome to the Documenting Social Injustice blog. This site is dedicated to providing you with resources and tools you will use in this class. Tutorials on how to create blogs, video media and podcasts can be found in the above pages. Please keep an eye out for new resources and tutorials and let us know if there is something you would like us to add. 

The column at right features links to websites that deal with topics we will discuss in class as well as to student blogs, fundraising resources, guest speaker's web sites and the DOCSOC Facebook and Twitter sites.

In this class you will learn how to create media in partnership with advocacy groups and classmates to help mobilize people to create change.

This class is a boot camp for the media activist. We look at documentaries, media and art-work, present web sites, trailers, share  media activist techniques and  learn how to use social media to get our messages out to a global audience.

Students create compelling stories with their writings, photographs, video interviews, and observational recordings, supported with well researched data, powerful music, and spoken word presentations.

Students create blogs with their class writings, photo essays and media projects and share these through different forms of new media and  social networking techniques.

As we communicate on our blogs, and share media  projects on Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube, we  invite you to comment, share your insights and suggest ways that we can create more effective activist media.