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TRAPPED (Digital Storytelling)

Posted in abuse, Criminal Justice, digital storytelling, documentary, myths in popular culture, parole, Pop Culture, prison, stereotypes, tattoos, Uncategorized, women on December 8, 2011 by femfuss


In my visual research methods class our last assignment’s theme was digital storytelling. Digital storytelling is the art of giving voice using new media to populations that have been marginalized and allows them to “tell their story”. I have really enjoyed discussing digital storytelling for the past few weeks. My favorite aspect of digital storytelling is that these are the stories of everyday people.
It took awhile for me to figure out exactly what my project would be. At first I thought about telling my own story; but that would be predictable. So, I decided to step outside the box and actually film someone else “telling their story”. In TRAPPED, we meet my niece Vanessa, who tells us about how her abuse as a child as impacted her life as an adult.
When I started this project I have to admit I thought I knew everything about my niece. But, while editing I realized that there was so much emotion that hadn’t been expressed before we starting filming this project. I also, realized that I had to pay close attention to detail while editing this piece so that it would tell her story without exploiting or turning her story into a spectacle.
This project was shot with a video camera and was filmed over a span of 7 days and took a long time to edit. I am really proud of this video and I want to extend my thanks to my niece for sharing her story with us.

R.I.P Troy Davis

Posted in Criminal Justice on September 26, 2011 by femfuss

I’m not sure if everyone is familiar with the recent lynching of Troy Davis but he is a black man that was executed last week in Georgia. He was sentenced to death in 1989 for the killing of an off duty police officer. Throughout the years there have been many issues raised that questioned the validity of his trial. There were eye witnesses that retracted their statements in addition to jurors that stated they would have voted not guilty if they were given access to all of the evidence. Regardless of all the new evidence Troy Davis was denied an appeal. The Georgia Department of Corrections killed him by lethal injection on September 21!

This is not the first time that the criminal justice system has failed. So, the question that comes to mind is how effective is the criminal justice system at all? We live in a society that punishes first and asks questions later especially for people of color. How can we trust a system that has so many flaws? In the case of Troy Davis we have a black man accused of killing a white man (Strike 1). The man who was murdered also happened to be a police officer (Strike 2). Lastly, he was tried in a state that thrives on racism and has a disproportionate amount of black men in prison (Strike 3). Troy Davis never had a chance! The criminal justice system has definitely failed our system and only reinforces racism. Instead of always wanting an eye for an eye maybe our society should explore other options such as restorative justice. Maybe then we can actually call America the land of the Free!