Projet-radio: L'idée

Il m’aura fallu un peu de temps, j’en conviens, pour revenir sur ce blogue et vous faire part enfin de l’idée qui a commencé à germer dans mon esprit – et que j’ai d’ailleurs partagée à la dernière rencontre du groupe Histoires en Éducation. Désolée...

Another Interview Scheduled!

Last week we condensed our audio clips until there were only poignant quotes left. The storyboard is now adding context to it, there might be narrating involved. After the storyboard director condensed the interview and sent the crew the information, three of our team members began writing a letter in hopes of Ms. Webster being awarded by an association of oral history. This would promote Ms. Webster as a teacher who uses oral history inside the classroom. We discussed the educational values that oral history can bring to adolescents and how it should be established inside school curriculums.

Producing the Interview

I am proud to announce that our first interview has finally, finally, FINALLY, after countless obstacles and unexpected delays, made its way out of the hands of our storyboard and into the hands of our production crew, who by the end of week will have turned our storyboard into a sound file. We are currently trying to get in contact with the director of the Cambodian Documentation Center to get some B-roll for our movie, and our interviewers will be returning to Mr.

Projet radio-éducation, lentement, mais sûrement...

Je promets d'être à l'avenir plus assidue dans l'écriture de ce blogue... Déjà deux semaines depuis mon premier billet... Disons que le projet sur lequel je travaille avance... lentement... Lentement mais... sûrement! En tout cas je l'espère. Sûrement dans le sens où il est important de bien savoir enraciner le projet dans le cadre scolaire en place.

Cambodian genocide exhibition

Dear all,

My name is Vanaka and I am part of the Cambodian Working group. I have been working on setting-up an artistic exhibition on the Cambodian genocide since January 2009, planned to take place in mid-May 2009.

Along with my colleague Nicolay Boyadjiev, a 3rd year McGill student in architecture, we have up to now found a room in which to set-up the exhibit, thanks to David Ward and Erica Lehrer from the CURA project. We have also started gathering photos from both the Documentation Center in Cambodia and private collections.

Back on Track

This week in the Humanities Society we took a major step towards the creation of a product. So far, we’ve been scrounging for equipment, looking for contacts and organizing meetings. We’ve finally started turning it into art. The storyboarding crew has been working hard to extract the most important segments of the interview and to organize them in such a way that will best flow with the theme of our documentary: survival.

Premier billet

Bonjour et bienvenue sur ce nouveau blogue tenu par moi-même, Anne-Hélène Jutras. Étudiante en enseignement du français langue seconde, enseignant à des étudiants adultes, immigrants pour la plupart, je suis entrée dans le projet Histoires de vie désirant déborder le cadre didactique de mon rapport avec les immigrants. Je suis entrée dans ce projet enchantée de savoir qu’on donnait cette tribune de choix à des immigrants ne demandant souvent que d’avoir la chance de s’exprimer et de se raconter en tant qu’êtres humains porteurs d’une histoire.

"Personal" Stories

Our camera is being shipped, our fundraising is going well, and listening to our first interview has been incredibly insightful. As a side note, our last fundraising event gathered $886, all of which will go into refunding the school for the money that has been lent to us to buy a camera.

Listening to our Interview!

Alec and Noelia completed their very first interview with Mr. Smey over the weekend. We now have over two hours of audio footage. As a class, we gathered together to listen excitedly over what had been shared. We discussed reoccurring themes and silences. What was interesting about the interview was how impersonal it was. We were expecting that maybe he would be more emotional about something so traumatic. His nephew expressed surprise in an email he sent us soon afterwards; apparently his uncle had never spoken his story so openly before.

Getting Concrete: Making A Movie

As the Humanities Society continues its path of self exploration we have begun the fundraising section of our project. Without the funds to purchase a high quality camera, all of the work we have done up to date would be of no use. In order to raise the money we need, we have begun to undertake a number of different ventures around our school. The first fundraising operation we undertook was our bake sale. With the hard work of all of our members, we were able to make close to three hundred dollars, a huge success for an event where our most expensive item was only two dollars.