2016 John Hope Franklin Student Documentary Award Winners

Elliott Golden, aided by Cuban photographer Pablo Bordón, shoots an interview with Bordón's father, noted painter, Edel Bordón.

Elliott Golden, aided by Cuban photographer Pablo Bordón, shoots an interview with Bordón’s father, noted painter, Edel Bordón.

Five undergraduates from local universities pursued summerlong documentary projects as recipients of the 2016 John Hope Franklin Student Documentary Awards. While many of the Center for Documentary Studies‘ awards are national or international in focus, the John Hope Franklin awards go to Triangle-area undergraduates who wish to pursue projects involving oral history, photography, film or video, and/or writing. Established by CDS in 1989, the awards are named for the noted scholar John Hope Franklin, professor emeritus of history at Duke University, in recognition of his lifetime accomplishments and his dedication to students and teaching.

Congratulations to the 2016 John Hope Franklin Student Documentary Award winners; we’ll be following their progress as they immerse themselves in their projects:

Andrew Tan-Delli Cicchi (Duke University) | Writing
Andrew Tan-Delli Cicchi is a rising senior studying literature and documentary studies while pursuing an honors thesis on the study of “monstrous masculinity” through film, theory, and social media. Through his longform documentary project, he aims to document New Zealand teenage fatherhood and examine through that lens current narratives surrounding New Zealand masculinity. As individuals experiencing the nascent process of their own manhood while also assuming the immediate and often unexpected responsibility of fatherhood, these teenagers occupy a unique perspective. In a country that a recent UN study on gender violence ranked the highest in violence against women and in partners experiencing sexual violence, young fathers must grapple simultaneously with both the troubled legacy and the future of New Zealand manhood. “The goal of this project is to facilitate a discourse on social change. To me, it is both an examination of the knotted legacy of masculinity as it stands as well as a reimagination of its possibilities through a process of challenging, critiquing, and questioning.”

Elliott Golden (Duke University) | Video
Elliott Golden is a rising junior studying literature with a concentration in film and media. For his project, Elliott will be traveling to Havana, Cuba in order to document the lives of the revolution’s generation—the men and women who built and were built by Fidel Castro’s Cuba. The sun is setting on the Castros’ regime and Cuba must reposition itself in our globalized world; the stories of those who shaped the island’s complex and confounding history will soon be gone. This project is an attempt to chronicle these stories and to investigate what it means not just to come of age alongside a revolution, but to grow old with it, too.

Taylor Jones and Ashlyn Nuckols (Duke University) | Film
Taylor Jones and Ashlyn Nuckols are both rising juniors. Taylor is studying political science as well as policy journalism and media studies. Ashlyn is studying cultural anthropology and documentary studies. Their dual documentary project will capture the complex identities of community members in Manantiales de Paz, an informal settlement on the outskirts of Medellín, Colombia. The majority of the seven thousand residents were displaced from their original homes due to violent conflict and were left with no place to go and limited access to government assistance. Rather than focusing on the victimhood of these displaced citizens, the project will explore how their isolation, both social and political, has created the conditions for the development of new kinds of community social relations, resilience, and leadership. Taylor and Ashlyn’s work will bea culmination of filmed interviews and portraits that will highlight the lived experiences of women and Afro-Colombians in Manantiales and Colombia at large.

Isabel Pinheiro (UNC–Chapel Hill) | Film
Izzy Pinheiro is a rising senior studying health humanities and multimedia production. She will be traveling to Amman, Jordan, to execute a palliative care advocacy project developed in coordination with the Worldwide Hospice and Palliative Care Alliance. She will use film and essay to document the experiences of refugees requiring palliative care services in order to illuminate the obstacles to securing holistic healing for this displaced community. Izzy is interested in investigating the mechanisms through which individuals both understand and negotiate living with life-limiting illness in the context of a humanitarian crisis. She describes some of the questions she will be exploring: “What form does holistic healing take when marked by fragmented families, dispossession, scarcity, political oppression, and geographical displacement? Amidst these factors, do common thematic threads unite experiences of suffering and healing? How is the process of dying shaped by displacement? I anticipate that the variability of answers will demonstrate the need for a reconception of what can and should constitute care.”

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