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Student documentaries address truth and reconciliation

Friday, December 20, 2019

Students in a fall 2019 Digital Arts Communication course on digital storytelling produced beautiful and compelling short documentaries around the theme of Truth and Reconciliation on Turtle Island. Guided by Professor Aynur Kadir, the students developed their skills in creating reality-based digital narratives, collaborative production, and post-production analysis. Below are two of the students' films.

Truth and Access, created by Samantha Lim, Anna Chow, and Manuel Calvino, is about the life and work of Heather George, a Waterloo PhD candidate in History.

“The process of the filmmaking is an important learning and collaboration experience. Not only were the students getting involved with real world projects, but they also worked closely with Indigenous scholars and artists who are at the front line of decolonization.”  - Prof. Aynur Kadir

Decolonization Through Art, created by Mackenzie Derival, Raam Gathathara, Viola Wang, is about Anishinaabe artist Luke Swinson reconnecting with his Indigenous roots through digital illustrations and shows how he leverages new forms of digital media to share his culture.