To help immigrants share their experiences and perspectives, AFSC provides training and support in new storytelling technologies.
Immigrants of all ages and from many countries have participated in AFSC’s “Storyology” workshops in North Carolina. In this video, Siem Yohanes tells the searing tale of his journey from Eritrea to the United States:
During Storyology workshops, participants share iconic items from their respective cultures. Here, Esthela Torres shows a weaving from Ecuador. Photo: Taryn Rubin
All too often, when immigration issues are discussed, there is an empty chair at the table. The people at the center of the debate are unseen and unheard.
In AFSC’s San Francisco office, Pablo Paredes is working with immigrant youth to change that. “We have to tell their story and not hide it. A movement has to be led by those most affected,” he argues. By making their stories visible, they can humanize and inform the immigration debate.
Putri Pamela Powell works on developing her narrative in a digital storytelling training in the AFSC Area Office of the Carolinas
Putri Pamela Powell is one of the Youth Cultural Media Project interns in AFSC's Greensboro, North Carolina office. Watch the meaningful short digital story she created reflecting on her journey from Indonesia and her understanding of herself as a Muslim young woman.
In the summer of 1967, Carolyn McCoy was 12 years old and visiting Japan with her family. On Aug. 6, they visited Hiroshima, where they took part in memorial activities marking the 22nd anniversary of the atomic bombing of the city.
Storyology: Digital Storytelling by Immigrants and Refugees returns to Charlotte in 2012!
In October 2010, AFSC-NC sponsored an amazing class with local immigrants that included workshops on storytelling, photography, basic video and audio editing, and community building that resulted in powerful 3-5 minute films about each person’s journey.
In January and February 2012, we are bringing Storyology to the International House of Charlotte, thanks to a grant from the Arts & Sciences Council.
Just released: How-to Manual for Digital Storytelling with Immigrants and Refugees!!
AFSC’s Area Office of the Carolinas has just completed a how-to manual for a model of our Storyology class: digital storytelling by immigrants and refugees.
In October 2010, NC Immigrant Rights Program Director Lori Fernald Khamala and AFSC Youth Arts Fellow Kali Ferguson developed and organized a class in Charlotte, North Carolina for local immigrants to learn how to tell their stories using 21st Century technology.
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