2021 Keynotes and Events

MDOCS Forum: Co-Creation and Its Discontents ––Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, these events have been postponed to June 2021.


Featuring Keynote screening and presentation by Another Kind of Girl Collective

Another Kind of Girl Collective (AKGC) is a media arts collective through which young women living in displaced, migrant or transitory communities around the world connect and co-create. It is a space across geographies where they can express their stories, collaborate, and develop a collective process and platform through which their artistic work can be experienced by one another, and on a global level.

Another Kind of Girl Collective’s roots grew from our first media arts workshop of young women from Syria, in a netted picnic shelter inside Jordan’s Za’atari Refugee Camp. Nearly six years later, we expanded our collective through a first-ever, ongoing collaboration with young female artists from another displaced community—indigenous Shipibo teens from Cantagallo, Lima, Peru.

AKGC facilitators are beginning a new collaboration with Honduran refugee teenage women in New Orleans, in partnership with community organizers in the Village de l’Est community and their organization, NOLA Village.

AKGC members believe that the stories they tell, as well as the process of telling these stories, can be transformative; and that bringing their stories out of isolation, to connect with those of other displaced and refugee communities around the world, is a way of building solidarity, understanding and collective power among young women. Their vision is to collectively determine how their own stories are told.

Current film (in post-production, title pending):

Through video letters between displaced communities on opposite sides of the globe, four young women document their transition from childhood to motherhood. Karoli and Christy, indigenous Shipibo teens living in Lima, Peru, embark on a friendship and collaboration with Khaldiya and Marah, Syrian teens living as refugees in Jordan—forming bonds of support, understanding and solidarity across great distance and cultural difference. Shot entirely by the four young directors, the film documents and juxtaposes their diverse struggles and joys amid shared transitions and uncertainties. They push one another to resist the cultural norms and narratives imposed on them and help each other find and reflect new definitions of home in the face of massive uncertainty.

Read more about collective members and facilitators.

We Tell: 50 Years of Participatory Community Media

Screening and Talk Back with- Patricia Zimmerman, Anula Shetty, and Dee Dee Halleck

We Tell: 50 Years of Participatory Community Media, a national traveling exhibition, chronicles the hidden histories of place-based documentaries that situate their collaborative practices in specific locales, communities, and needs for social and political change.

Participatory community media represents a unique form of short documentary practice produced with communities and the subjects engaged in decision-making and representation. These works embrace and enhance the micro rather than the macro as a production strategy. They shift discourse and debate from the national to the local. Instead of the long form theatrical feature, participatory community media utilizes the short form documentary circulating within and across communities and politics. We Tell is curated by:  Louis Massiah, Scribe Video Center and Patricia R. Zimmermann, Ithaca College
Archive Research by the XFR Collective. read more…

Featured Program at Forum- States of Violence

Debates and politics about the American criminal justice system are extremely complex, involving many stories of evidence, interpretation, policies, and laws that can center around just one case. States of Violence approaches this urgent topic from those directly affected by crime, incarceration, police, and war. From the 1970s to present day, this program demonstrates how participatory community media has produced scalable documentaries in the name of creating an engaging, participatory discourse for better socio-cultural understandings as well as tangible progressions towards political change. read more…

Explorations in Collaborative Audio Storytelling: An Interactive Workshop

With Jess Shane and Aliya Pabani

In this hands-on workshop, participants will work through a series of exercises to develop a collaborative audio story, while deepening their understanding of the dynamics of working with multiple editors, and the ethical considerations at play.

Aliya Pabani is a Toronto-based artist and audio producer. She was host/producer of Canadaland’s arts and culture podcast, The Imposter, and her audio work has appeared on BBC’s Short Cuts, In the Dark, and NTS Radio. She co-created POC in Audio, a searchable online directory of people of colour working in audio from around the world, and she’s a member of the 2019 Third Coast International Audio Festival’s advisory group. Her predominantly installation and performance-based art has been shown at Images Festival, Summerworks, and and most recently in Resonant Bodies, an exhibition of sound-based works presented by Constellations.

Jess Shane is a Canadian audio producer based in New York. Her work has aired on programs including the BBC’s Short Cuts, WBEZ’s Re:Sound, and CBC’s The Doc Project, Love Me, and Ideas.  She is also the co-founder of Constellations, a collective and podcast for sound art and experimental audio. Recently, Jess was a producer on CBC’s Personal Best and Mic Drop. Her love of audio was born from her community arts practice, where she collaborated with people in accessible spaces across Toronto to design collaborative audio-visual celebrations and installations. She is currently pursuing an MFA candidate in Hunter College’s Integrated Media Arts program, with a focus on collaborative documentary practices.