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- When History is Silent: Overcoming Trauma Through the Restoration of Cultural Memory As November wraps up, we'd like to honor it as Native American Heritage Month by exploring the themes of history, memory, and trauma in two recently-broadcast America ReFramed films: Marsh Chamberlain's We Breathe Again, and Jeremy Williams' On A Knife Edge. We Breathe Again shows us the attempt of four Alaskan Native individuals to reassemble their personal, familial, and cultural narratives through the lens of a national narrative of displacement and loss, currently manifesting in suicide and alcoholism. On A Knife Edge shows how the traumatic narrative can be overturn by Lakota youth fighting against historical injustice through activism and a cultural connection.
- A Poignant Follow Up to 'Almost Sunrise' "Voices of Resilience: Insight From Injury" short film further explores moral injury
- Equipping the Next Generation to Create Impact Through Film Social Impact Producer and Duke Adjunct Instructor, Heidi Nel, is in conversation with Sini Chen, Duke University Student and intern at American Documentary Inc. (AmDoc).
- Featured Event Series: Maritime Communities Screen 'The Islands and the Whales' POV is partnering with communities across the United States to screen Mike Day's 'The Islands and the Whales.'
- AMERICA REFRAMED UNFILTERED: Inclusion Shouldn’t Be a Lottery In the following UNFILTERED blog post, 'Deej' director and producer, Robert Rooy shares what he is learning from the austistic comunity.
- Exploring the Intersection of Documentary Filmmaking and Urban Sociology at America ReFramed Through her internship with America ReFramed, Stephanie Luna examined the intersection of documentary filmmaking and urban sociology.
- Recap of the Inaugural AmDoc Annual Benefit In commemoration of American Documentary's 30th anniversary, the first ever AmDoc Annual Benefit was held on Tuesday evening at Liberty Hall at Ace Hotel New York.
- Flaherty NYC's “Out From Under” Explores the Physical and Metaphorical 'Underground' 2017 Fall Flaherty NYC programmers Maori Karmael Holmes and Charlotte Ickes talk about exploring the underground in their series "Out From Under.".
- Collaboration in the Edit Room: Maya Mumma Shares Her Co-Editing Process Leigh Johnson is in conversation with Maya Mumma about collaborating with mutiple editors on a film.
- Did the Great American Eclipse just inspire someone to make your next favorite film? What to watch after tuning into the Great American Eclipse.
- Featured Event: 'Last Men in Aleppo' at Burning Books Join Cultivate Cinema Circle for a free screening of "Last Men in Aleppo" in Buffalo, NY.
- Featured Event: 'Dance for Me' at the Cultural Center at the Opera House Join the Cultural Center at the Opera House for a screening of "Dance for Me" on August 15 at 8pm.
- Featured Event: 'Soldiers of Conscience' at the Avalon Branch Library Join the Avalon Branch Library for a free screening of "Soldiers of Conscience" on July 26, 2017.
- The Intimacy and Intersectionality of 'Memories of a Penitent Heart' Cecilia Aldarondo talks about the importance of intimacy when telling a story, especially in a way that embraces what intersectionality should look like on screen.
- Enter the Edit: Developing Mentorship in the Documentary Editing World Leigh Johnson is in conversation with Penelope Falk, an award-winning editor with over 15 years of documentary experience.
- POV and The New York Times Close Out Embedded Mediamaker Project with Final Project on Ruby Bridges POV and The New York Times embedded mediamaker project reached its final triumphant milestone this week as the piece “6 Years and Desegregating a School” by Bayeté Ross Smith and Logan Jaffe published in the Times.
- A Filmmaker Delves into the Secrecy Surrounding the Death of Her Uncle In 'Memories of a Penitent Heart,' Airing July 31 on POV Like many gay men in the 1980s, Miguel moved to New York City in search of a life out of the closet. Yet in the midst of the AIDS crisis, his devout Catholic mother pressured him to repent for his homosexuality on his deathbed.
- Featured Event: 'Dalya's Other Country' at Girls Living Life on Purpose Join Girls Living Life on Purpose for a free screening of Dalya's Other Country on June 29, 2017.