2017 Fellows' Community Stories

2016: Stories of Strength

One DC

These films were made in partnership with ONE DC, an organization that aims to exercise political strength to create and preserve racial and economic equity in Shaw and the District. It seeks to create a community in DC that is equitable for all.

DC Doors

These films were made in partnership with DC Doors, a grassroots initiative that provides housing to the homeless immigrant population in the District of Columbia. It seeks to accomplish this goal by providing transitional and permanent housing and comprehensive supportive services in a culturally competent and sensitive manner to families and single females.

2015: Stories of Strength

Twelve Years that Shook and Shaped Washington: 1963-1975

Change was in the air, some of it unsettling and threatening. Against a national background of Lyndon Johnson’s “great society,” anti-war protests, black power, feminism, and emerging gay rights, the Anacostia Community Museum’s exhibition focuses on events, people and challenges that transformed the city between 1963 and 1975. These six films were made in association with the exhibition.


A film made in partnership with Ayuda, a local organization that serves immigrants in the Washington, DC area by providing legal, social, and language access services.

2014: Stories of Struggle and Overcoming

Six films created by parents of students attending M.O.M.I.E’s TLC to share with their children

Four films created by cancer survivors associated with the Smith Center for Healing and the Arts

2012: Community Artists

In the fall of 2012 students worked with musicians, photographers, and dancers – all who are called to give back to their community.

2011: River Stories

In Fall 2011, a new group of students partnered with the Anacostia Community Museum, which wanted to document the stories of people of southeast Washington who engage with the Anacostia river.

2010: Community Artists

In Fall 2010, film and anthropology students from American University’s School of Communication and College of Arts and Sciences, working with the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum, assisted community artists in Southeast Washington to create their own original digital stories.

Work from the Course "Documentary Storytelling for Social Change"