Past Event
Visual and Dramatic Arts
Saturday, October 5
We Tell: Collaborative Knowledges

About the Event

We Tell: Fifty Years of Participatory Community Media, a national traveling exhibition organized by Scribe Video Center, is a thematic collection of short documentaries produced by community media entities from across the US. We Tell chronicles the hidden histories of place-based documentaries that arise from specific locales, communities, and needs for social and political change.

Participatory community media is a unique form of documentary practice produced in collaboration with communities and subjects. As a production strategy, these works focus on the micro rather than the macro. They view local, national, and international issues through the lens of people who experience them. Instead of the long form theatrical feature, participatory community media often utilizes short form documentary circulating across communities and politics.

Collaborative Knowledges
(1973-2011), Various Directors
Not Rated | 98 minutes

Collaborative Knowledges focuses on inter-generational dialogues as a way to locate history and expertise in people rather than in institutions. This program features videos that unearth lost knowledge and histories, elaborate shared experiences, and document the traditions and practices of storytelling. 

In the Good Old Fashioned Way (Herb E. Smith, Appalshop, 1973, 29 minutes)

Cruisin J-Town, (Duane Kubo, Visual Communications, 1974, 24 minutes)

Herb Schiller Reads The New York Times #3: The Sunday Times: 712 Pages of Waste (Paper Tiger Television Collective with DeeDee Halleck, 1981, 30 minutes)

Seeds of Awakening: The Early Nation of Islam in Philadelphia (New Africa Center, Islamic Cultural Preservation and Information Council, and Scribe Video Center [Jullanar Abdul-Zahir, Furquan Khaldun, and W. Zein Nakhoda, facilitators], 2011, 15 minutes)

Parking available in West Lot 4, $5 flat rate charge, credit card required.
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Entrance #8 via University Blvd & Stockton Drive

Nearest visitor parking lots:
Moody Lot (previously known as Hess Lot)


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