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Sunday, June 17 • 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Whose Story Is It? De-colonizing Documentary Practice

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In documentary is it the subject to whom the story belongs or the storyteller? We acknowledge that the history of the form is rooted in cultural, racial, gender and class-based colonialism, and often the most lauded films are made by privileged individuals about marginalized communities. This panel will discuss representation, authorship, and essentialism. Participants will collectively discuss building a framework to begin shifting away from conventional practices rooted in a colonial agenda.


Bryan Bello

Bryan Bello is a fellow at the Center for Media and Social Impact, a PhD researcher at American University’s School of Communication and a community filmmaker. He cofounded the nation’s first homeless filmmaking cooperative with eight men and women surviving the streets of Washington... Read More →

Sonya Childress

Firelight Media
Sonya Childress serves as the Director of Partnerships and Engagement for Firelight Media. Sonya has positioned film as a tool to shift narratives and support social justice movement building for over 15 years. Prior to her tenure at Firelight, she held staff and consulting positions... Read More →

Maori Holmes

BlackStar Film Festival & ARRAY
Maori is a curator, filmmaker and cultural worker. She is the founder of BlackStar Film Festival and currently serves as Executive Director of ARRAY Alliance. She has organized programs in film and performance at a myriad of organizations including: Anthology Film Archives, Institute... Read More →

Nehad Khader

DC Palestinian Film and Arts Festival
To capture the scope of her work, Nehad considers herself to be a cultural historian. She is a filmmaker, curator, editor, and writer whose work in film informs her work as a historian and vice versa. Trained in media and literature by Black and Palestinian creators, Nehad believes... Read More →

Michael Premo

Michael Premo is an artist, journalist and filmmaker. He is co-founder and Executive Producer at Storyline, a production company building power with story and strategy. Michael has created original film, theater and radio with numerous companies including Hip-Hop Theater Festival... Read More →

Set Hernandez Rongkilyo

Soros Justice Fellow
Set Hernandez Rongkilyo is an undocumented immigrant filmmaker and organizer whose roots come from Bicol, Philippines. They are the product of their parents' sacrifices, their siblings' resilience, and their community's support. Set's practice involves the intersection of filmmaking... Read More →

Sunday June 17, 2018 1:00pm - 2:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 106

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