Video Ethnography + Communication
More Digital Storytelling
Why? ليش؟ [Lesh?]
(2014). 6 mins. Arabic with English subtitles. While in Amman, Jordan, I was inspired by the repeated use of Lesh? by Arabic learners as both a question and one-word commentary on social situations. When we tried hailing a taxi, and it would pass us by without stopping, they would question Why? indicating their dissatisfaction, but also the awkwardness of the situation. The documentary includes footage of our journey with a charismatic taxi driver.
This video was an important first, because I involved participants in verifying the subtitled translations I created during postproduction while in Jordan. The video was screened in Amman, Jordan, and Middlebury, VT. All postproduction completed on iPad.
More than a decade ago, I used to arrange photos and .wmv files to create fun DVDs for close friends and family after study abroad and road trips. Now, I work with a variety of digital editing platforms to share with audiences what I'm learning from people and places that inspire me. I also use digital storytelling as a critical pedagogy with students.
Voices/ Voces in the Field: AfroCuba
(2017). 6 mins. English and Spanish. This documentary video follows a team of U.S.-based student researchers who journeyed to Havana and Santiago de Cuba to learn from locals. Students speak in their own words, along with insights from the faculty/staff team that guided their learning. Postproduction completed on iPad and MacBook Pro.