A self-portrait by Karoly, an indigenous Shipibo teen living in the community Cantagallo, in Lima, Peru. Made through documentary workshops I taught in her community, the video was conceived and shot entirely by Karoly; and edited by me, in consultation with her.
Karoly says, “What I want to say with this video and what I want to show is for people to see in us a culture with value. For us, as well as our ancestors, and all those who live in Cantagallo."
My work as an educator has been deeply influenced by my experiences with the Literacy Through Photography (LTP) methodology as well as the LTP program at the Center for Documentary Studies—specifically, its emphasis on reading, watching, understanding, and producing visual media as a way to encourage critical thinking, self-expression and participation. Through LTP, I have worked with high school students in Durham Public Schools (in Durham, NC) as well as in Arusha, Tanzania. In the summer of 2014, I spent eight weeks in Tanzania as the Site Coordinator eight-week immersive civic engagement program for Duke undergraduates in Arusha, Tanzania. Through a partnership between teachers in Durham and Arusha, we conducted workshops and led educational programming in classrooms and extracurricular settings for primary and secondary school students and teachers.
Video made during summer 2014 trip to Tanzania in collaboration with Tanzanian LTP leader Pelle Shaibu.
(camera, sound, editor)
Video conceived, shot, and edited in collaboration with students from Arusha Primary School, Standards 6&7. Arusha, Tanzania; May-July 2014.