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Student Social Justice Documentaries

Yahia Mahamdi described his work with student documentarians in an article published in Teaching Media Quarterly. He details how he helps students engage with the community through the films they create in his courses.

“In my experience, social justice organizations are in general open to working with students whose projects are supervised by an instructor,” he wrote. “The way I approach local organizations involves research to identify institutions and groups who are active in the community and who may be willing to collaborate with us.”
 
Mahamdi’s students worked with a variety of organizations to cover a broad range of topics. They collaborated with The Katharine and George Alexander Law Center, an organization which provides free legal counsel to low-income workers and immigrants, for a film dealing with immigrant rights and human trafficking. Another film profiled wrongfully convicted people who have been exonerated with help from the Northern California Innocence Project.
 
Read the article here.