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Community Voice Lab

Collaborative storytelling. Bringing voice and visibility to community stories.

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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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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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Award-winning Documentary, Street Reporter, on Festival Circuit

Community Voice Lab Director Laura Waters Hinson debuts award-winning documentary, Street Reporter.

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Documentary, Trashman, Shines Spotlight on Pollution Issues in Ward 8

MFA Student, Lawrence Green discusses his Capstone documentary and community efforts to clean up Ward 8.

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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 Feb. 17-18, 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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