This series of projects involved four workshops, one to make drawings and three to make photographic stories with audio narrations expressing the students' sense of place - specifically their home, family, school and environment.
This annual project with Bolinas-Stinson Middle School offers 7th and 8th grade students the opportunity work together in production teams to make community-based documentaries. The films focus on global issues found locally, including: Globalization, Migration, Habitat Preservation, Climate Change, Water, Human Rights, Fuel, Standard of Living, Population Growth, Pollution, Healthcare and Food Supply.
This project is a collaboration between Lebanon Middle School teacher Brendan Armstrong and World Story Exchange. For two weeks the entire 8th grade made short films reflecting one of LMS's core values: Perseverance, Integrity, Motivation and Excellence. Supported by LMS teacher Mark Perry, LMS Parent Teacher Organization and The Byrne Foundation.
This annual project asks 6th, 7th and 8th graders at Bolinas-Stinson School to make short films about their lives. Students focus their films on aspects of their lives they are proud of, a message for the world, or more broadly showing a day in their life.
This project invited the entire 5th grade at Marion Cross School in Norwich, Vermont, USA, to create photographic stories with audio narrations. World Story Exchange instructors worked in partnership with art teacher Caitlin Eastman to facilitate the one-week workshop.
Biology students at Hartford High School in Vermont, USA were invited to feel the expansiveness of nature through a series of field trips. The students were given the assignment to make a photographic story answering the question "What Does Nature Mean To Me?"
This project worked with students who attend the Let Us Create after-school arts program in Sihanoukville, Cambodia. The students each made a photographic story about their lives to share with the World Story Exchange community.
A documentary filmmaking workshop in El Transito, Nicaragua, yielded films that were exchanged with films made by juniors/seniors in advanced Spanish classes at Harwood and Woodstock Union High Schools in Vermont.
One of the films from El Transito addresses the issue of protecting the eggs of nesting sea turtles. Now the community is rallying around the cause and has started a successful hatchery.
An exchange of documentary films made by youth from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and the South Bronx, NYC.
Graduate students at The New School hosted a filmmaking class at Middle School 325 in the South Bronx, NYC. Simultaneously another group of graduate students ran a filmmaking workshop in Mare, Rio de Janeiro.
Home of Hope is a non-profit organization which serves the misfortunate, abused, abandoned, and orphaned children in Beirut, Lebanon. World Story Exchange partnered with Home of Hope for a two-week project focussed on offering the kids a fun and creative opportunity during their Christmas break from school.
In partnership with Monarch School in San Diego, California, this annual project invites students to learn the basics of documentary storytelling and create their own stories using photography, video, audio recording and editing tools. Most students chose to structure their stories around a day in their lives, while others chose the promt "what would you like to say to the world?". Their work will be exchanged with student work from across the Americas.
These seven films are the result of an interdisciplinary sense-of-place project. Using information from the 1900 census records and other primary sources, our students researched aspects of daily life for a student living in Thetford, Vermont at the turn of the previous century. Our students created historically viable accounts of the lives of their 1900s counterparts, paying particular attention to the use of natural resources. Each film is narrated from the perspective of those historical characters.
In collaboration with the International Refugee Committee, this six-day documentary storytelling workshop invited unaccompanied minors seeking refuge from Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq and Syria to tell their story using photography, video, audio recording and drawing.
WSE supported Deep Creek Middle School's 7th grade during their School Without Walls program. For one week students had opportunities to learn about marine ecology from scientists at Cape Eleuthera Institute, to meet international high school students on campus at The Island School, to practice snorkeling and swimming, and to make a documentary story about their experiences.
This project worked with 26 sophmores at East Mecklenburg High School to create 2-3 minute films describing their "message to the world". The students are enrolled in ESL classes (English as Second Language), and have recently arrived from 14 countries including Brazil, Cuba, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Venezuela, Eritrea, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Myanmar, Nepal, Syria, Thailand and Vietnam.
This project invited students from Liger Learning Center, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, to make photographic stories with audio narrations. Students spent ten days creating multi-media stories about their daily lives at their school and their perspectives on global environmental issues.
Youth water protectors created short media stories while living at Standing Rock as youth water protectors. The students worked one-on-one with World Story Exchange instructors in partership with the Defenders of the Water school on the banks of the Missourui River near the Standing Rock Lakota Sioux Native American reservation.
This project was developed through a partnership between World Story Exchange and CLASP (Creative Lives After School Program). The students learned photographic techniques and went on photo walks around White River Junction. Then the students made a selection of their photographs before writing and recording an audio narration.
This week-long documentary workshop was hosted by Juana de Asbaje Escuela Secundaria General in Brisas De Zicatela, a neighborhood of Puerto Escondido in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico. Twelve students created personal documentaries in spanish to be exchanged with spanish-speaking students in Vermont and California.
A World Story Exchange screening at Tyler Court Senior Apartments led to this impromtu workshop, where senior citizens collaborated with WSE instructors to create stories about their lives and their community.
This project invited students from Koh Lipe, Thailand, to create photographic stories with audio narrations. Over the course of seven days the students studied the basics of photography and fulfilled a story assignment of their choosing. The project culminated with a community screening of the student work.
A partnership between the Upper Valley Haven (a homeless shelter) and the Bugbee Senior Center in White River Junction, Vermont.
Five young Haven guests (past and present) interviewed seniors about local places that have changed. Next the students took photographs of those places. Third, we investigated the photography archives at the Hartford Historical Society looking for pictures of how those places used to be. A film was compiled combining the stories from the interviews, the modern photos, and the archival photos.
A participatory documentary film made by adults with differing developmental abilities from St. Johnsbury, Vermont.
Their film was shared with a group of adults with differing physical and developmental abilities in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The two groups met each other through skype and asked/answered questions about their respective cultures.