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Be The Media! workshop: Creating a Long-Term Media Project

April 16 @ 5:00 pm 6:00 pm EDT

“Spaces of Exception” is a film profiling American Indian reservations alongside Palestinian refugee camps. Join us for a Be The Media! workshop with co-director Matt Peterson prior to the screening of “Spaces of Exception,” to learn about the process of creating a long-term media project.

“Spaces of Exception” was filmed from 2014 to 2017 in Arizona, New Mexico, New York and South Dakota as well as Lebanon and the West Bank. It is an attempt to understand the significance of the land—its memory and divisions—and the conditions for life, community and sovereignty. “Spaces of Exception” comes out of the long-term multimedia project The Native and the Refugee.

5pm – 6pm: Be The Media! workshop: Creating a Long-Term Media Project
Join Matt Peterson, co-director of “Spaces of Exception,” to learn about the process of creating a long-term media project.

7pm – 9:30pm: film screening of “Spaces of Exception” and community conversation
After the film screening (roughly 1.5 hours long), Matt Peterson, co-director of “Spaces of Exception,” will be joined with Indigenous and Palestinian/Arab guests about takeaways, related personal experiences, and reflections. Even if you have already seen the film, please feel free to join later for complimentary tea and snacks and the subsequent discussion.

Still from "Spaces of Exception" showing a dark street with yellow banners, lots of wires, a car, and arabic signs

In showing “Spaces of Exception,” Albany Jewish Voices for Peace, The Sanctuary for Independent Media, along with our co-sponsors hope to further understanding between all members of our community on this difficult and controversial issue and provide a safe space for dialogue.

Filmmaker Bio:

Matt Peterson is an organizer at Woodbine, an experimental space in New York City. He co-directed the documentary features “Scenes from a Revolt Sustained” (2014) and “Spaces of Exception” (2018), and co-edited the books “In the Name of the People” (2018) and “The Mohawk Warrior Society” (2022).


This workshop is curated by iEAR Presents! and is made possible in part by New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

This event is a collaboration between the iEAR Presents series with support from RPI’s ARTS department and School of Humanities, Arts and Social Science, and from the New York State Council for the Arts/ NYSCA, with The Sanctuary for Independent Media, and is a featured project of the NEA Our Town “Sanctuary Eco-Art Trail” creative placemaking grant.

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