A Digital Story By Marialuz Johnson As her father’s strength and memory wanes in his final years, Marialuz recalls her father’s dream for his daughter and how she weaves his wishes with her own personal and professional calling to become a doula. In collaboration with Kathleen McLaughlin and Evan Mileusnic.
Good Jobs Nation: Alexis Vasquez A high school student with stellar grades, Alexis gives up his dreams of becoming an architect to help support his family by taking on two fast-food jobs. Faced with low pay and no benefits, he joins his coworkers in the fight for a livable wage, and finds his voice in the process. Filmmakers: Curt Devine,Edeny Tran, Tori Vogel.
Dera Tompkins Then a student at Howard University in 1967, Dera Tompkins describes the takeover of Howard University as a life-changing moment when she realized “We could DO something! And we did!” In collaboration with Davis Shoulders & Alexa Johnson.
A Digital Story by Shatoya Brown A twenty-five year old woman recounts her ongoing journey to become her ‘best self’ and the strong and loving mother she knows she can be. In collaboration with Lauren Kendrick
Montgomery Coalition for Adult English Literacy This video was created by students as part of the course UNSEEN AND UNHEARD: Documentary Storytelling in the Other Washington. Produced by Debralyn Andres, Edwin Mah, Julie Maldonado and Andrew Merrill.
Cecilia Johnson Born and raised in Washington, DC, Cecilia’s father, a Master Sargent in the Buffalo Soldier’s Regiment, instilled in her the importance of education, the need for social justice and the right to protest when times demanded it. In collaboration with Holly Wiencek & Kyriakos Iliadis.
Tony Gittens A student leader at the Howard University recalls the transformative moment when students took over the Administration building, “putting everything on the line… When you come out of that… you’re a changed person.” In collaboration with Joe Tamayo & Alex Lacson.
The Only People in Town “The film validates the significant educational work completed in and out of the classroom by the students and instructor.”
Organization: Anacostia Community Museum. Filmmakers: Dana Fleitman, Keisey Dickey, Tony Gualtieri, Ouida Maedel
Rosalind Styles From the March on Washington to the riots following the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Rosalind Styles recalls her transformation into a lifelong activist dedicated to progressive change in her neighborhood. In collaboration with Tabria Lee-Noonan.
A Digital Story by Eugene Yarbrough Brought up by strong women yet living in a patriarchal culture, Gene rediscovers for himself the lineage of women that shaped his life. In collaboration with Robin Svendsen.
A Digital Story by Tonya Allen A single mother raised in the South reflects upon some of her life’s many lessons. Discovering the secret to life, she turns inward, healing herself through exercise, nutrition, and spiritual practice. In collaboration with Delana Listman. In collaboration with Delana Listman
A Digital Story by Ayize Sabater It was at Morehouse College where Ayize had a watershed moment: He realized he had come from a long line of black folk involved in the struggle for justice. So began his work to build schools like M.O.M.I.E.S. TLC which has reached 10,000 kids over ten years. In collaboration with Mandy Cooper.
Good Jobs Nation: Wilfredo Reyes Arriving from Guatemala with the dream of bringing his wife and children to the United States, Wilfredo tells his story of loss, struggle, sacrifice …. and stubborn hope, as he joins his fellow workers to raise their meager earnings to livable wages. “Es Este El Sueno Americano? Is This the American Dream?” Filmmakers: Sabrina Naimark, Marissa Deutsch.