A new Documentary Studies course for both Duke and UNC undergraduates will be offered for the Spring 2011 semester.
Documentary Studies: Video for Social Change
Taught by Bruce Orenstein, founder of the Chicago Video Project and award-winning producer of three PBS documentaries and numerous campaign videos for social change organizations
This course taught at Duke University will use an active learning model to produce a professional-quality video for a public education campaign on behalf of North Carolina’s agricultural workers. Students will learn how to research a complex economic and labor issue, work with community partners, interview local leaders, workers, and scholars, develop a script that synthesizes their findings, and make ethical editing decisions. The completed class-produced video will be presented to audiences in community-based screenings throughout North Carolina.
Student Action with Farmworkers (based at the Center for Documentary Studies) will collaborate with the class and contribute archival photos and footage documenting the working and living conditions of North Carolina’s farmworkers. Readings, film screenings, and guest speakers will also introduce students to the methods and traditions of grassroots community organizing, the craft of video production, the varied uses of video as an organizing tool, and the history of the farmworker movement in the United States and North Carolina in particular.
For further questions please contact Bruce Orenstein at firstname.lastname@example.org