Past Event
Visual and Dramatic Arts
Saturday, October 5
We Tell: States of Violence

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.

States of Violence
(1978-2017), Various Directors
Not Rated | 103 minutes

The political environment of the American criminal justice system is complex, involving concerns about evidence, interpretation, laws, and policies that may center around a single case. States of Violence approaches this urgent topic from the perspective of those affected by domestic violence, incarceration, and policing—and by the international issues of war.

Ain’t Nobody’s Business (New Orleans Video Access Center Workshop, New Orleans Video Access, 1978, 10:41 minutes)

Inside Women Inside (Christine Choy and Cynthia Maurizio, Third World Newsreel, 1978, 28 minutes)

Just Say No: The Gulf Crisis TV Project #55 (Simone Farkhondeh, DeeDee Halleck, Martin Lucas, and Cathy Scott, Deep Dish TV and Paper Tiger Television, 1990, 30 minutes)

Books Through Bars (Books Through Bars and Scribe Video Center [Cheryl Hess and Anula Shetty, facilitators],1997, 12 minutes.)

Military Option (Al Santana and Alonzo Speight, Third World Newsreel, 2005, 11 minutes)

M4BL: Ceremony (Movement for Black Lives, 2016, 5 minutes)

A Cop Watcher’s Story: El Grito de Sunset Park Attempts to Deter Police Brutality (Steve de Sève, Brooklyn Information and Culture TV [BRIC TV] and Copwatch Brooklyn, 2017, 6 minutes)

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Entrance #8 via University Blvd & Stockton Drive

Nearest visitor parking lots:
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