Course: Media Activism through Participatory Video
This is a combined theory and practice course that will engage students in looking critically at what participation means when working with members of a community. In participatory video, who holds the camera often determines who holds the power. By gaining an understanding of documentary film and ethics, we will question the relationship between filmmaker and subject. Students will learn about working with community, developing relationships and trust, and how to collaborate using participatory methods. Through readings, screenings, and guest lectures, the course will explore the potential of using digital media tools to engage communities in media activism. Students will be introduced to a variety of methodologies that will lead up to a final collaborative project that will engage a community partner.
Participatory Video and its Production
Participatory Media as Resistance
What is Participation?
Teaming and Rising up with Participatory Video
Critiquing “Giving Voice”