A Year in India

FSM in India
April 19, 2009, 3:30 pm
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Mona, a good friend of mine from Chicago, recently came to visit Bangalore. Mona and I used to work together at Free Spirit Media (FSM), a youth media education non-profit serving Chicago’s West and South Sides. After FSM, Mona, like me, came to India to teach documentary film production to underserved youth. Her project, The Modern Story, is based in Hyderabad.

One of the best parts of Mona’s trip was revisiting our time at FSM: reminiscing about our students and coworkers, comparing our India youth media experiences with those we had in Chicago, and watching some of the new films that FSM participants produced this past fall.

Below, a video that two FSM youth made about Obama’s presidential candidacy. The students were given the opportunity to travel to Denver, attend the Democratic National Convention, and shoot the following short documentary called “Hope in America.” It makes me proud to see these kids using the skills they’ve learned at FSM in such a thoughtful way.


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