Monthly Archives: March 2015

Weeks 9 & 10: Web Talks, Do-Gooder Groups, and a Feature Documentary

Examples of People Donating Skills for Free:
Donorschoose.org
Teach for America
Download to Donate
Doctors Without Borders
Angles With Fur Japan


Documentary Feature

Born Into Brothels (2004) Full Film:

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“Yellow Fever” by Ng’endo Mukii

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The Kenyan, mixed-media documentary animation “Yellow Fever” explores colorism and self-image among African girls and women. It was made by the award winning, Kenyan filmmaker Ng’endo Mukii who’s portfolio spans advertising campaigns, children’s TV series, documentary animation and experimental films! She frequently uses storytelling and creative, highly-textured animation to make compelling films.

“Yellow Fever” served as Mukii’s thesis project at London’s Royal College of Art. The film has garnered a long list of accolades including Best Animation at the 7th Kenya International Film Festival in 2012, Best Animation in This Is England Film Festival (France), the Silver Hugo for Best Animated Short at the 49th Chicago International Film Festival (USA), and Best Short Film at the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (Nigeria), all in 2013.

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Weeks 8 and 9: Documentary and Film

Documentary Feature
Born Into Brothels (2004)
Link: Kids With Cameras

Film Short
I Want to Be a Pilot (2006)

Week 8 (Homework)

FilmsForActionBlog Post: Due: Thurs. April 2, 2015.
Choose a socially conscious film. (A great resource for finding free films to watch online is Films for Action.) It can be a film short or feature length/ documentary or fiction, etc.

Make a blog post that addresses the following:
1. Write a short summary of the film
2. Briefly analyze how it was made, techniques used, etc.
3. What was its budget? How was it funded?
4. How was it distributed? Which venues? Does the film have a website, etc?
5. In your opinion, what kind of impact did the film have?

*PS. Don’t forget that your Volunteer Assignment Action Plan as a result of your interview is due at the start of class, Tues. March 31, 2015.

CARE for Syria

I have expressed before that I am interested in all things related to education reform. Whether it be public school reform in the United States, or making access to education available in the third world–I maintain that education is the biggest catalyst for positive social change. This is what lead me to discover CARE Organization.

CARE operates internationally in a variety of different projects that range from ameliorating social injustice, to providing on-the-ground relief and assistance in natural disasters. I was immediately impressed with their campaign to end child marriage, through providing girls with an education. This effort is a part of their Women Empowerment campaign that addresses a host of women’s issues; including ending violence against women, ending child marriage, and educating men on how to champion women’s’ causes in their communities. Although these efforts are extraordinary, I was also drawn to their humanitarian efforts in emergency situations. CARE expertly address three different levels of aid, first long term solutions addressing social injustice. Second immediate action for communities that are in a state of emergency. Lastly instilling a sense of strength and resilience in the communities they interact with, to better prepare for future hazards. Continue reading

Lunch and Learn Workshop with Director, Conor Morrissey (Thurs. March 12, 2015 at 12:30 in Room B204)

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On Thursday March 12th from 12:30 to 1:30 in Room B204, AUR’s Film & Digital Media Program is having its third Lunch and Learn Workshop of the semester, taught by acclaimed film director, Conor Morrissey.
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Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (Gain)

For obvious reasons, I really wanted to pick a crowdfunding organization that was based in Europe, along with helping people in need, so I settled on Switzerland’s Gain. Gain is a worldwide organization that has set out to end world hunger and allow everyone on earth to consume food with nutritional value. Gain is a giant organization that helps people in over 50 countries and has dozens of different programs to end malnutrition, but one program stuck out to me specifically: Salt Iodization. Continue reading

March 5, 2015 at 12:30: Guest Speaker -Imam Childs

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On Thursday March 5th from 12:30 to 1:30 in Room B106, AUR’s Film & Digital Media Program is having its second Lunch and Learn Workshop of the semester, taught by Iman Childs.
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Weeks 6 and 8: Animation

Articles:  Editor’s Notebook: The Impact of Animation in Unexpected Places UNICEF: Cartoons for Children’s Rights Animation and Documentaries Cartoons For Children’s Rights: Education (India) Cartoons For Children’s Rights: Self Expression (Chile) Cartoons For Children’s Rights: A Protective Environment (Scotland) Cartoons For Children’s Rights: Identity (Iran) Cartoons for Children’s Rights: Freedom From Discrimination Schoolhouse Rock : How a Bill Becomes a Law Schoolhouse Rock: Conjunction Junction The Story of Stuff Super Size Me (Opening)

The Cost of Education

debt As we grow from a young age, we’re constantly told that college is a MUST. The force to attend college comes from all sources; parents, mentors, teachers, relatives, television, social media, and even the looming facts that no one without a college degree gets a high paying and mentally stimulating job. Ultimately, no degree equals no future. For as long as I can remember I was told I going to go to college, I was even going to become an Astronaut, “but not without your degree,” my grandfather would remind me. Getting accepted into University of Maryland-College Park was a dream come true. I’ll never forget opening my email, seeing the words (or word), “Congratulations,” and screaming my head off for about 20 minutes.

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