A Year in India

October 21, 2008, 6:53 pm
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One of the goals of my project, Digital Equalizer/Adobe Youth Voices, is to create interactive learning environments so that students become more engaged and grow to think critically.  I’ve noticed that something as simple as projecting past AYV films in a classroom grabs the kids’ attention.  The method works because the videos are visually stimulating, youth-produced, and focused on social issues to which the students can relate.

In addition, though, there’s something about the “feel” of turning a rundown, virtually empty classroom into something of a “movie theatre.”  One of my favorite film professors at Duke (who happens to be Indian) often lectures about the fact that watching a movie is not about the film alone; it’s also about the space in which you see it and the people with whom you watch it.  The combination of these factors creates that inexplicable, “something-in-the-air” movie experience – and it’s one that’s clearly taking place during our AYV screening sessions with the youth.


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