In the In Relation film series program opener, Scribe Video Center presents five short films that explore the resilience of kinship and community in Philadelphia. Scribe Video Center, founded in 1982, is a media arts organization that provides training in all aspects of digital video, film, audio, and web-based production. Scribe offers instructional workshops to adults and youth and works with community groups to produce media that explores issues of concern.
Villa African Cólobo (USA, 2006, 11 min) by Grupo Motivos, North Philadelphia. Villa Africana Cólobo is a place where community members gather to learn about their African cultural heritage and celebrate the influence of African culture in Puerto Rico and North America through art, dance, music and agriculture. (Precious Places Community History Project)
St. Augustine Church, Philadelphia: Immigration & Filipino Transformation (USA, 2007, 11 min) by Filipino American National Historical Society, Olde City. The Filipino-American community has played a crucial role in the re-birth of St. Augustine’s Church at 4th and Vine, a church that has been a center for immigrant communities for over two centuries. (Precious Places Community History Project)
Hayti: An Oasis (USA, 2010, 10 min) by Passtown Baptist Church, Hayti, Coatesville. Hayti: An Oasis shows how Hayti and its church served as an oasis for African Americans amidst the racial discrimination and violence of the past century. (Precious Places Community History Project)
DHS, Give Us Back Our Children! (USA, 2010, 18 min) by the Every Mother is a Working Mother Network. DHS, Give Us Back Our Children! challenges the logic of Foster Care by explaining how mothers are frequently— often unjustly—separated from their children. (Community Visions Program)
Life After Life (USA, 2018, 15 min) by Nadja Mogileski (Philly Free School) & Chamar Dancy-Kegler (Belmont Charter High School). Produced through Scribe Video Center’s Documentary History Project for Youth, Life After Life follows one family and their community as they confront the loss of a young man and recounts the resilience it takes to continue living after tragedy.
Film series presented by Wolf Humanities Center and Cinema and Media Studies Program and cosponsored by Penn's Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts and Scribe Video Center.
Curated by Rahul Mukherjee, Dick Wolf Assistant Professor of Television and New Media Studies, Assistant Professor of English University of Pennsylvania