documentary

Ruxandra Guidi, 2018 Susan E. Tifft Fellow in Documentary and Journalism by Bear Guerra

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In a public event at Duke University's Center for Documentary Studies (Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm), 2018 Susan Tifft Fellow Ruxandra Guidi will present an overview of her work, and explore the question: From subject to audience, how do we as storytellers move beyond a singular voice? "Whether we find narratives at home or abroad, our audience is often an afterthought in the creative process, and frequently, it is homogeneous: white, college-educated, and often, online," Guidi says. After more than a decade working as a public radio journalist focused on Latin America and the U.S.-Mexico border, she is slowing down her approach in search of a deeper human connection, more opportunities for collaboration, and more inclusive methods of sharing her work. From her series focused on an indigenous community in Panama to a year-long exploration of the lives of older adults in Los Angeles, Guidi will offer some insights on what it takes to tell nuanced community-driven stories, and how the storytellers of today have a responsibility to challenge prevailing narratives. If you're in the Durham, NC area, please come! Details here.

Exile in White: A #VQRTrueStory Essay by Bear Guerra

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"It’s Friday morning. As has been his custom for almost three decades, Miguel Natividad Borrayo is dressed in white, from his T-shirt to his shoes, to honor those imprisoned for challenging the Castro regime—men like him, who spent seventeen years doing hard labor.

“White symbolizes peace,” says Miguel. “It’s how I protest.” But there was nothing peaceful about what got him in trouble to begin with. Back in 1961, he was a thirty-two-year-old career officer in the Cuban Navy. He’d been a staunch supporter of US-backed dictator Fulgencio Batista until Fidel Castro’s successful guerrilla uprising in 1959."

Read and view the photos of our essay for Virginia Quarterly Review here.

"Going Gray in LA" moves down Broadway to Downtown by Bear Guerra

Our year-long multimedia collaboration with KCRW Public Radio, Going Gray in LA, continues this month with new stories about senior hunger, about Little Tokyo as a great example for aging in place, and about a man whose life changed when Fidel Castro came to power in 1959. Thank you to the Eisner Foundation for the support.

Upcoming: Broadway Stories airing this Fall on KCRW by Bear Guerra

We're excited to finally be able to roll out our collaboration with KCRW's Independent Producer Project this Fall! We'll be telling stories about growing old in the city of youth. Like the story of 85 year-old Mrs. Yeung, who lives in a single room occupancy building above a factory in a working-class neighborhood of Los Angeles. She pays $345 a month for the 80 square-foot room where she sleeps, cooks, eats, and watches TV. Mrs. Yeung is not alone: about a third of women over 65 years of age in Los Angeles live by themselves, too.