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The First Frame: Our spectacualr journey as amature documentary film makers


The story began in the winter of 2007 during a Critical Media Literacy course taught by Dr. Rhonda Hammer. Understanding how the media constructs images to influence and sway the public in different and politically charged ways, and identifying and critiquing those characterizations is the course's objective. As we became progressively more aware of the the influencing factors of media, we took our first step toward learning how to create film with this consciousness. Though our topic had yet to be finalized, we knew the video documentary would delve into the politics and social representations of black women, and how black women deal with their intersectional identities. The double consciousness of black women, who concurrently negotiate their race and gender, was the focus.

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