Thursday, April 14, 2011


Day Two in Carolina. Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte and a packed auditorium of students and faculty watching films, meeting the filmmakers and celebrating Storyology. A wonderful project of the AFSC office of the Carolinas.

Storyology: Digital Storytelling by Immigrants and Refugees in Charlotte, North Carolina. Using technology to tell our stories, discover our collective power, and digitally document our journeys

Here are the questions.

Whose stories are represented in films today? And who is telling those stories?

Storytelling is possibly the world’s oldest art form, and today’s primary modern storytelling medium is film and video. Yet the stories presented in most TV shows and movies rarely show accounts of everyday people who happen to be immigrants and the powerful stories they have to share. Through Storyology: Digital Storytelling by Immigrants and Refugees, AFSC empowered immigrants and refugees by imparting new digital literacy skills, lifted up immigrant stories to share with and educate the public, and built a community of many cultures within the class. At the end of the class, each student produced a truly impressive work of art, in the form of a 2-4 minute digital story, with the student narrating her/his journey, with background music, and images chosen (and sometimes photographed) by the students themselves.

You can see the rest of the stories here.

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