Documentary Film

Slides

Mathew Paul

two and a half hours

Mathew Paul

A woman is murdered in Mexico every two and a half hours, about 30% of these crimes are investigated as femicides. The World Health Organization generally defines femicide as “intentional murder of women because they are women.” While femicides represented about 10 percent of all murders in 2019, the rate has increased 145% since 2015 (this number is also incomplete as several states in Mexico do not separately count femicides).

Two and a Half Hours is an episodic documentary project exploring the grim reality of femicide in Mexico. The first episode first pulls the viewer into the story of María José Medina Flores, a 19 year old girl who was murdered after leaving a bar with a mysterious man in 2017. The police failed to properly investigate her case, and closed it with no leads. 4 years later, Vanessa Rodríguez a feminist activist and advocate for victims and their families, picked up the case. She was able to get the case reopened as a femicide. 

In this episode, Vanessa shares her story as a feminist and her work advocating for victims when the government fails. Vanessa and the narrator define femicide, and share shocking statistics about impunity in Mexico. The last act explores Vanessa's own journey as a feminist, and where she sees the movement going in the future.


The Importance Of Green Space (slideshow)

Silvia Askanase

The Importance Of Green Space


Silvia Askanase

The People of NuVu

Aveen Nagpal

NuVu innovation school is a space where various types of people can come to learn from each other. NuVu is a diverse space, some students coming in online from thousands of miles away, while some are in person. This film focuses on three individuals and how their stories converge at NuVu. Luis Carbajal (Coach), Amiyr Ahmad (Long-Term Student), and Madi Fortune (New Student in 2021) speak about their passions. Their interests intersect in varying ways, from FPV drones to life skills like sewing, NuVu provides a fluid environment for it all, even during the pandemic.

Locked In | A Short Documentary Film

Trevor McDonald

When the COVID-19 pandemic swept the earth, everyone was forced to an online environment. Schools have had to make a drastic shift in the way they learn, socialize, and grow. This documentary addresses the struggles students and teachers have had to go through to find a way to teach all students to become successful later in life while keeping them motivated to learn. Interviews with students, teachers, and researchers in child development show the concern for the long-term impact of learning in this environment.  However, not all of it is bad, as the problem solving skills, cooperation, and the ability to work together can make for this chaotic experience into a positive learning outcome.



A Life In Harness

Ori Scharf

Birds in a Nutshell

Lalita Bellach

Birds in a Nutshell. This short film just scratches the surface of the world of birds and people. During the pandemic, birds have helped people by giving companionship and comfort. Through interviews with a bird owner and a wild bird enthusiast, this film gives a small idea of what birds are actually capable of and who they are with their playful personalities. The interactions with birds can seem like interactions with other people and the bonds that can be formed can be lifelong and one of a kind. This film hopes to show viewers the beautiful connection between the two worlds.

Birds in a Nutshell. This short film just scratches the surface of the world of birds and people. During the pandemic, birds have helped people by giving companionship and comfort. Through interviews with a bird owner and a wild bird enthusiast, this film gives a small idea of what birds are actually capable of and who they are with their playful personalities. The interactions with birds can seem like interactions with other people and the bonds that can be formed can be lifelong and one of a kind. This film hopes to show viewers the beautiful connection between the two worlds.

flim v2

Amiyr Ahmad

Final

Schuyler Johnson

My documentary is about climate change, which is a very serious topic for me. If we do not do something about the crisis, we will destroy the planed we live on. Featuring a variety of young people talking about how climate change affected them and what they love about nature, this film will better explain how the future generation experience climate change. Some people talked about politics, whereas others talked about nature. Enjoy this film before it inevitably gets taken down for multiple copyright infringements. 

Final doc Hays code

Madi Fortune



The Hays Code was a set of rules implemented in Hollywood from 1930-1968. This was a form of controlling what could and couldn't be shown in films, and included censorship of queerness amongst other things. Depending on how well those rules were followed, the movie could or couldn’t be shown in theatres. Today we realize how problematic this code is, but at the time it was widely accepted by most everyone. It is known for is having a damaging effect on the queer film industry. Whether it outright prevented a gay relationship to be shown, having the queer relationship tear the two characters’ lives apart leading to eventual death, or having LGBTQ+ people be the butt of every joke, it put queer representation in film behind by ten-fold. 

Today it still affects the industry with after-effects in the rating given to a movie (PG, R, MC-17, etc.) or helped foster film censorship in other areas like China. This overall prevents bigger industries like Disney and Marvel, to have good queer representation.