A Year in India


Student Film: Freedom
May 11, 2009, 1:28 pm
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Below, an Adobe Youth Voices film, Freedom, that students from Barlane Government High School recently finished. The video is about the way female children are treated differently than their male peers.

An interesting side note: Freedom was spearheaded by 17-year-old Mubeen, whom I’ve previously written about here (and who is the film’s leading lady). Toward the end of the video, you’ll notice an older woman being interviewed about why she loves her son more than her daughter. Keep in mind that the interviewer in that interaction is Mubeen; the interviewee, her mother.

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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.



On the News
December 15, 2008, 9:54 am
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NDTV, a major Indian news channel, featured the Digital Equalizer (DE) program in a recent spot!  The footage was shot at Bal Mela, a festival celebrating DE.



Everything In Its Right Place
October 2, 2008, 7:07 am
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In typical Radiohead style, Thom & the boys recently held an animated music video contest in hopes of choosing an official video for the song “Reckoner.”  The winner, a beautiful spot made by Frenchie Clement Picon, reminds me a little of “Control Z,” a piece created last year by Adobe Youth Voices participants (posted earlier here).  If a bit cheesy, it’s still somehow reassuring to find these unexpected connections.



Control Z
September 16, 2008, 5:12 am
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Below, an animation video produced by students at Vivekavardhini High School in Bangalore as part of AIF’s Digital Equalizer/Adobe Youth Voices program in 2006-2007.