We Tell: Fifty Years of Participatory Community Media, “Environments of Race and Place” with Louis Massiah and Patricia Zimmerman

Date(s) - Wednesday 04/22/2020
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


We Tell: Fifty Years of Participatory Community Media “Environments of Race and Place” is a retrospective collection of short documentaries produced by community media entities looking at critical issues told by the diverse neighborhoods directly affected.

Louis Massiah and Patricia Zimmerman will be present to screen Program One: “Environments of Race and Place.”



4:30 PM | Workshop with filmmakers before the screening 
7:00 PM | Screening 


“Environments of Race and Place” zeroes in on issues surrounding immigration, migration, and racial identities unique to specific environments. These works embrace and amplify the micro rather than the macro in scope. They move from the national to the hyperlocal, advocating that understanding conflicts and contradictions can lead to change. Discussions of police brutality in Third World Newsreel’s Black Panther a.k.a. Off the Pig or animations about toxic pollution made by the Indigenous youth media collective, Outta Your Backpack, expand conceptualizations of the range of participatory community media and the varieties of forms environmental media inhabits.


We Tell is a national traveling exhibition featuring 41 separate media projects; 36 different production entities, including nonprofit community organizations and cultural centers; and works from 19 states and Puerto Rico. The exhibition runs from October 2019 until March 2020 and travels to over 16 locations nationwide.

While celebrating the important 50-year history of participatory community media in the United States, the exhibition restores these legacies as a vital, vibrant sector of the ecologies of documentary. The exhibition is programmed collaboratively by Louis Massiah (filmmaker and Executive Director of Scribe Video Center) and Patricia R. Zimmermann (professor of Screen Studies at Ithaca College). Archival research for the exhibition was contributed by The XFR Collective, a group of archivists that preserve at-risk audiovisual media. “The assembled films represent a ‘people’s history,’ exploring the last 50 years of American social movements, political struggles and cultural awakenings.

Looking at this collection of videos and films in context with each other we gain a new understanding of the complexity and commonality of communities across the United States and Puerto Rico and the momentum that is shaping the present moment,” explains Massiah. The works featured in We Tell are organized into six thematic programs. Each explores issues that have emerged across 50-years of participatory community media: Body Publics; Collaborative Knowledges; Environments of Race and Place; States of Violence; Turf; and Wages of Work.

To learn more, visit: https://www.scribe.org/wetell 

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