In shabby recording studios across Kano, Nigeria, young Hausa Muslims escape the harsh conditions of everyday life through artistic expression. Influenced by American hip-hop these aspiring artists have revitalized the music scene in Northern Nigeria and are reshaping the face of youth culture.
My Brother, My Sister is a film about the effects of Florida’s little-known Civil Rights struggle on two white brothers and two black sisters. Dan and Jim Harmeling, students at the nearly all-white University of Florida, started their fight for racial equality in Gainesville and spread across the south. Patricia and Priscilla Stephens demonstrated in the streets of Tallahassee as students at all-black Florida A&M University before sharing the message of civil disobedience across the natio
Due to statewide budget cuts, the Documentary Institute will no longer offer a graduate program in documentary film. But the top-ranked documentary program will continue at Wake Forest University where DI faculty members Sandra Dickson, Cindy Hill and Cara Pilson will join Wake Forest professor and award-winning filmmaker Mary Dalton in launching a new graduate documentary program.
Offering students the option of an MA or MFA in documentary production, the Documentary Film Program at Wake Forest will continue the DI tradition of producing award-winning and socially significant student documentary films. “We will be part of a top-ranked national university with a strong intellectual tradition and a keen sense of social responsibility—the perfect environment for creative and responsible storytelling,” says Dickson, who joined the Wake faculty in July.
The new Documentary Film Program will begin in Fall 2010.
As the wheels of redevelopment turn in Gainesville, Florida, the battle lines have been drawn in a heated debate over a meal limit that has been imposed on a homeless shelter in downtown Gainesville. The limit is designed to disperse the downtown homeless population. Some say that the limit is vital to economic growth, while others argue that it is a violation of basic human rights.
Bound by Haiti is the story of Aaron Jackson and John Dieubon – two young international activists forced to deal with the tragedy of the Haiti earthquake first-hand. Raised on a resort in Florida, Aaron has dedicated his life to eradicating intestinal parasites in Haiti. Born and orphaned in Port-au-Prince, John’s mission is to inspire a new, self-sufficient generation of Haitian children.