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Community Voice Lab

Collaborative storytelling. Bringing voice and visibility to community stories.

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School of Communication 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW Washington, DC 20016 United States

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The Community Voice Lab produces documentary films that capture the voices of community storytellers too often unseen and unheard. The creative ethos of Community Voice is that of collaboration, rather than extraction, in which our filmmakers and local storytellers work together to tell stories of hope, resilience and determination for the common good.

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AU students and members of community watch films created in the Community Documentary course.

In the Community

Community Voices on Film: Students Collaborate with Local Storytellers

Student filmmakers collaborated with local storytellers to create short documentaries.

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Article on Death of Kelvin Mock

Television & Film

Community Voice Lab Fellows’ East of the River Documentary Premieres at DC Independent Film Festival

Co-Directors Amin El Siwi and Phil Bouknight's documentary East of the River starts festival circuit

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Alum Fernando Rocha Receives Two Prestigious Film Fellowships

SOC and Community Voice Lab alum Fernando Rocha has been selected as a Sundance Ignite x Adobe Fellow and a Southern Exposure Film Fellow for 2022.

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Communications ·

CVL Senior Fellow, Professor Brigid Maher, Embarks on Media Project with Kramer Middle School

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First-ever Anacostia Youth Media Festival

The inaugural Anacostia Youth Media Festival will be held May 19-20, 2023! Youth from ages 12 to 18 and residents of DC are encouraged to submit media to the film festival. The festival is a collaboration between American University students and youth from wards 7 and 8.

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