"Despacito (Slowing Down): Socially Engaged Documentaries in Sound and on Site"
Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm
The Center for Documentary Studies' Susan E. Tifft Initiative on Documentary and Journalism explores the ways in which documentary approaches and methods can inform, and be informed by, journalism's evolution in the digital era. The inaugural program of the initiative is a fellowship for women media artists, journalists, and documentarians. The DeWitt Wallace Center for Media & Democracy at Duke's Sanford School of Public Policy are partners on the project.In this public talk (6 p.m. reception, 7 p.m. talk), 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.