Looking Back: TCYMN’s 2014 Showcase

As we gear up for the 2015 Media Market and Showcase, we’re looking back at some of the amazing youth work that was shown last year. SPNN is so proud of this piece by Destiny Roberts, Michaela Huberty, and Darartu Tashoma.

“From the Roots” offers an introspective view of Black women’s identity through the conversation about hair, a narrative that is frequently missing from mainstream media. Producer Destiny frames the conversation by identifying her hair as a mirror of her self-image and identity. The other teens and adults interviewed about their hair and what their unique style preference means to them reveals how media plays a large part in the internal dialogue surrounding hair.

The video sets out to examine how hair is inextricably tied to culture, particularly within the narrative of Black women in America. The team conducts interviews with young girls and women, compiling diverse messages around what people call “good hair.” From the Roots reveals how media relays pervasive messages to women at all ages about how beautiful hair must meet European standards in order to be “good hair”- hair that is straight and smooth.

South High VOICES students complete their documentaries

Students in the South High VOICES class (VOICES stands for Values, Options, Issues and Choices Explored in Society) create documentary films on social issues with guidance from teaching artist John Akre. The class is taught by Delainia Haug and Laura Lanik.

The students had only from early November to the middle of January to make their films, pitching their ideas to the class in early November, shooting in November and December, and editing, showing drafts and refining their work into January.

Shannon, Sam, Mai Lia and Lucy made this documentary about South High’s Teen Age Pregnancy and Parenting Program (TAPPP). They chose this subject, which was very accessible to them because it was located in their school, after struggling into early December with another topic that they ended up abandoning. They worked hard the last two weeks of the class to get the great interviews and b-roll that make this documentary stand out. And who can resist lots of shots of beautiful babies?

Watch all of this year’s VOICES videos here.