Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Voices of Cabrini by Ronit Bezalel

Voices of Cabrini: Remaking Chicago's Public Housing from Ronit Bezalel on Vimeo.

Comment on the film:
1. What was the most surprising or compelling moment in the film and why did it resonate with you?

2. Describe the style and structure of this film; name three different styles of filmaking used in this documentary.

3. How is the filmmaker, Ronit Bezalel, using this film and her new film to help advocate for the Cabrini community?

A Poem by Marge Piercy

The Low Road
What can they do 
to you? Whatever they want.
They can set you up, they can 
bust you, they can break 
your fingers, they can 
burn your brain with electricity, 
blur you with drugs till you 
can t walk, can’t remember, they can 
take your child, wall up 
your lover. They can do anything 
you can’t blame them
from doing. How can you stop 
them? Alone, you can fight,
you can refuse, you can 
take what revenge you can 
but they roll over you.

But two people fighting 
back to back can cut through 
a mob, a snake-dancing file 
can break a cordon, an army 
can meet an army.

Two people can keep each other 
sane, can give support, conviction, 
love, massage, hope, sex. 
Three people are a delegation, 
a committee, a wedge. With four 
you can play bridge and start 
an organisation. With six 
you can rent a whole house, 
eat pie for dinner with no 
seconds, and hold a fund raising party. 
A dozen make a demonstration. 
A hundred fill a hall.
A thousand have solidarity and your own newsletter; 
ten thousand, power and your own paper; 
a hundred thousand, your own media;
ten million, your own country.

It goes on one at a time, 
it starts when you care 
to act, it starts when you do 
it again after they said no, 
it starts when you say We 
and know who you mean, and each 
day you mean one more.

--Marge Piercy
Copyright 2006, Middlemarsh, Inc.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

GLOBAL WORK PARTY 10-10-10 by 350.org

Visit 350.org

On 10/10/10, people all around the world will gather in their
communities to get things done. Politicians are invited to come and
take notes.

In Hailey, Idaho, people are getting together for a home
weatherization raffle and demonstration. In Auckland, New Zealand,
they're organizing a giant bike fix-up day. In Ambalantota, Sri Lanka,
they'll be planting hundreds of trees. In the Maldives, they'll be
putting solar panels on the president's office. Find out what's going
on in your neck of the woods, or organize a work event yourself. With
the might of our combined efforts, we'll be sending a message to our
leaders: We're doing our part. Now get to work and do yours.

Join us in a live chat on Grist to find out more about the Global Work
Party and the climate crisis that inspired it -- today, Sept. 22, at
noon Pacific time (3 p.m. Eastern).
Yours in working and partying,

Bill McKibben, author, activist, & Grist board member
Chip Giller, Grist founder & president

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Social Documentary 5 Photo Essay

Visit the links below as you begin your next assignment, the 5 photo essay.
The CNN photo essay boot camp below, shares good tips on creating compelling photo essays with few images.
iReport boot camp: Taking better pictures

Visit this Flickr group below to see many compelling social doc photos.
social documentary photography

Chris Anderson: How web video powers global innovation from TED

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Pulitzer Prize Winner-Photography

Pulitzer Prize Winner-Photography: Craig F. Walker

Global Advocacy Doc

This film is in competition on LinkTV. This is a good example of a very short advocacy video made by local filmmaker, Salome Chasnoff. She is raising funds to make a longer film and is getting the word out using this short format.

What techniques does the filmmaker use to tell the story?

How would you define the style?

How does this approach address issues of power between the filmmaker, subjects and audience?

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

1700% Project: Mistaken For Muslim

Welcome to Documenting Social Injustice class!

Day One:

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."