Our Documentaries

This is our student work, the finished product of twenty-four weeks of crafting narratives,
managing a set and working with media equipment, and polishing the work
into a professional grade documentary.

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  • Abuse
  • Family
  • Mind&body
  • Poverty
  • Migration
  • Culture
  • Religion
  • Loss
  • Gangs
  • Relationships
  • Refugee
  • S.Africa
  • Self Esteem
  • Violence
  • Bullying
  • Education
  • Lgbtq
  • Sunday Dinner" data-mosaic-order-date="">
    My film is about the major differences in my family's' life after my dad left. My dad was abusive towards
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    • Abuse
    • Family
  • The Anomaly" data-mosaic-order-date="">
    Andrew Johnson is a disabled person who has gone through the struggles of his problems and has gone beyond the
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    • Mind&body
    • Family
  • Broken" data-mosaic-order-date="">
    This film explores how a child of the projects is trying to reconcile her past so she can move forward
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    • Poverty
    • Abuse
  • Exiled Life" data-mosaic-order-date="">
    On May 19th, 2009 I arrived New York leaving my childhood home for a new beginning. But as time passed
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    • Migration
    • Culture
    • Religion
  • Behind the Curtain" data-mosaic-order-date="">
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    • Migration
  • Dear Baby Bro" data-mosaic-order-date="">
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    • Family
    • Migration
    • Loss
    • Gangs
  • Segundo Hogar" data-mosaic-order-date="">
    For many years my family was split into two different worlds. Half of my family members were here in the
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    • Migration
  • My Heart is in the US" data-mosaic-order-date="">
    In my film I explained the fact that I haven’t been able to find a girlfriend and I have many
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    • Migration
    • Relationships
  • Behind the Doors" data-mosaic-order-date="">
    My film will show the abusive and exploitative labor environment of Chinese immigrants in New York City, using my own
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    • Culture
    • Migration
    • Poverty
  • Lessons in Love" data-mosaic-order-date="">
    My film shows my journey to answer the age-old question: How do you make a relationship work? A series of
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    • Mind&body
    • Relationships
  • No Parking in Bhutan" data-mosaic-order-date="">
    This film will use the visual analogy of looking for a parking space in busy New York City to help
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    • Migration
    • Family
    • Refugee
  • The Debt" data-mosaic-order-date="">
    Greed for quick money, the wave of materialism struck Fujian Province shortly after the Communist government ended the Cultural Revolution
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    • Family
    • Mind&body
  • The Gamble" data-mosaic-order-date="">
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    • S.Africa
    • Mind&body
  • Cupping the Flame" data-mosaic-order-date="">
    Filmmaker Buddha Tamang will use his own experiences coming to the United States from the refugee camps in Nepal to
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    • Migration
    • Culture
    • Family
  • A Missing Part of Me" data-mosaic-order-date="">
    My movie shows how my sister, mom, and me dealt with my dad’s death. It was the hardest time of
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    • Migration
    • Mind&body
    • Loss
  • Iqaba" data-mosaic-order-date="">
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    • S.Africa
  • Accessories not Included" data-mosaic-order-date="">
    I’ve been the “Fat Girl” for most of my life, and had an abundance of people to point that for
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    • Mind&body
  • Absent" data-mosaic-order-date="">
    My film is about absent fathers. I have interviewed people who grew up without their fathers and how it has
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    • Family
  • Other Than Me" data-mosaic-order-date="">
    My film will follow my exploration of the two sides of my identity, the Chinese side and my Jewish side.
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    • Self Esteem
    • Culture
    • Family
  • Out of the Fire" data-mosaic-order-date="">
    Park Hill on Staten Island has become home to the largest community of Liberians outside of Liberia.
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    • Migration
    • Violence
  • A Day in America" data-mosaic-order-date="">
    My film will follow the journey of three recent immigrants in New York City over the course of one day.
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    • Culture
    • Migration
    • Self Esteem
  • She never Knew" data-mosaic-order-date="">
    My Film is about bullying and how it affected me and the relationship with my mother...
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    • Migration
    • Bullying
  • Casting the Stone" data-mosaic-order-date="">
    Her disadvantage has not been for a lack of opportunities, but a demon in the form of a high school
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    • S.Africa
    • Family
    • Bullying
  • Burning Tibet" data-mosaic-order-date="">
    In 1959, Chinese government occupied our country. Many Tibetans left Tibet with our spiritual leader H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama
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    • Migration
    • Religion
  • Sacred Ground" data-mosaic-order-date="">
    The building of the Downtown Islamic Center has become a focal point for this anger and hatred. My film explores
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    • Religion
    • Culture
  • Usapho Lwam (My Family)" data-mosaic-order-date="">
    Having to live in a high rate of crime, alcohol and teenage pregnancy, my sister and four brothers got exposed
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    • Poverty
    • S.Africa
    • Mind&body
    • Abuse
  • Owen" data-mosaic-order-date="">
    While in college the unexpected happen and at only 20 years old, Oscar became a father.
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    • Family
  • ABD" data-mosaic-order-date="">
    My film will explore the practice of modern slavery, focusing on the country of my birth, Mauritania. It will follow
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    • Migration
    • Violence
  • Ndikuxolele (Forgiveness)" data-mosaic-order-date="">
    My film is about the relationship between me and my father. We were not close and the way he was
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    • Poverty
    • Family
    • S.Africa
  • Mntasekhaya (My Mother's Child)" data-mosaic-order-date="">
    My film is about me being raised by a single parent and finding out that my sister and I are
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    • Poverty
    • Family
  • Polish Joke" data-mosaic-order-date="">
    People creates stereotypes to answer their curiosity. I will make an objective film to answer mine.
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    • Migration
  • Waar die Seep Gekoop" data-mosaic-order-date="">
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    • S.Africa
    • Relationships
  • Far From Perfect" data-mosaic-order-date="">
    My film is about exploring the difference between the dreams that immigrants have dreamed about America and the reality they
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    • Migration
    • Culture
  • Albinglish" data-mosaic-order-date="">
    This film will show my exciting journey of relating to the Albanian culture in my adopted city, by going to
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    • Migration
    • Family
  • Dream Driven" data-mosaic-order-date="">
    My film, Dream Driven, depicts the struggles and successes of a dreamer. Specifically viewed through the eyes of a dancer
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    • Mind&body
    • Migration
  • Alone" data-mosaic-order-date="">
    We are Chinese immigrants. We have been in the US for 5 years, but my parents have never been able
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    • Migration
    • Poverty
    • Culture
  • Black Mountain" data-mosaic-order-date="">
    My film is about my country, Montenegro, and everything that makes me so proud about being Montenegrin.
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    • Family
    • Migration
  • My Parents Never Dance" data-mosaic-order-date="">
    My film will explore the way that different generations of my family identify themselves as Haitian. The main characters will
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    • Migration
    • Culture
  • A Mother's Love" data-mosaic-order-date="">
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    • S.Africa
    • Family
  • 3P65" data-mosaic-order-date="">
    This film tells the story of my family’s journey from civil war in Sierra Leone to New York City.
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    • Migration
    • Loss
    • Religion
  • Forget me not" data-mosaic-order-date="">
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    • S.Africa
    • Family
  • Xola (Peace)" data-mosaic-order-date="">
    I am Mpumi and I live in South Africa. I was born in Cape Town and live with my mother
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    • Poverty
    • Migration
    • S.Africa
  • Noufiala(Teacher)" data-mosaic-order-date="">
    My film is about the importance of education in a young persons life and the passion a child can have
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    • Education
    • Migration
  • Hart & Central" data-mosaic-order-date="">
    Hart & Central will show how I deal with the loss of my brother through music. I will explore how his
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    • Loss
    • Family
    • Mind&body
  • The "F" Word" data-mosaic-order-date="">
    My film will explore the emotional struggles of growing up fat. I will speak to women with the same life
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    • Self Esteem
    • Mind&body
  • Recovery" data-mosaic-order-date="">
    this film is about surviving and recovering from cancer and the effects that facing death has on a life
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    • Family
    • Mind&body
  • Black & Blue" data-mosaic-order-date="">
    My film will explore the myth of the black man. Through my own experiences, I will discuss the broader issues
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    • Family
    • Violence
  • Loud Silence" data-mosaic-order-date="">
    Through my personal views on the current issue of homosexuality, “Loud Silence” will also give voices to both parties of
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    • Lgbtq
    • Religion
    • Culture
  • Dreamers" data-mosaic-order-date="">
    My film will follow the struggle of undocumented youth in New York City in the wake of the failure of
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    • Migration
    • Education
  • Safety in Numbers" data-mosaic-order-date="">
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    • S.Africa
    • Gangs
    • Abuse
  • Krishna's Voyage" data-mosaic-order-date="">
    My film is about me moving to different places looking for a better living but at the same time finding
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    • Family
    • Religion
  • A Day in my Shoes" data-mosaic-order-date="">
    My film will show my personal struggles in my life with my own countries’ society and starting a new life
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    • Migration
    • Culture
    • Family
  • Off the Derrech" data-mosaic-order-date="">
    My film is about my struggle, and others like me, who go off into our own paths...
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    • Culture
    • Mind&body
    • Religion
  • Safety No Longer Exists" data-mosaic-order-date="">
    my film is about being given no choice when my parents took me from Eastern to Cape Town where I
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    • Poverty
    • Migration
    • S.Africa
  • A Closet in Makhaza" data-mosaic-order-date="">
    My story is special to me because it educates people about homosexuality
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    • Lgbtq
    • Family
    • S.Africa
  • Fahisha" data-mosaic-order-date="">
    My film will explore whether it is possible for a growing number of LGBTQ Muslim youth to balance their faith
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    • Lgbtq
    • Religion
    • Family

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