The MACIE program has established a partnership with Docademia, an organization dedicated to sharing the voices and experiences of underrepresented individuals with college students across the country. Through the use of social documentaries, Docademia "help[s] educators teach their students through authentic representations, and partner with filmmakers to find new audiences for their creative work."
The founders of Docademia share the following goal for their project: "Our vision is to expose a new generation of North American college students to stories about cultures, issues, and people often ignored or misrepresented in dominant media narratives. With a critical eye on local, global, and glocal realities, we intend to create an ever-growing online channel for social documentaries, contextualized for higher learning so that authentic perspectives can be explored. We aim to be a major resource for both pedagogical and independent film practices, generating critical content that engages, challenges and deepens discourse within the field of the humanities." For more information, visit their website: http://www.docademia.com/
MACIE students currently work as active Docademia interns, and have shared the following thoughts about their experiences:
"Working with Docademia has been a wonderful experience. I am given the freedom to follow my interests and have done everything from film reviews to publicity production. I'm so glad that Nassim and Leila decided to create Docademia because I think that universities need cross-cultural films now more than ever! Their dedication to social enterprise and finding the best local filmmakers to share their stories brings an often silenced voice into the classroom, and often makes for much more compelling stories than one would find through traditional documentaries. Not only have I learned a lot professionally, but I have learned about so many cultures and worldviews through reviewing the films." Becca, MACIE 2015 cohort
"Working with Docademia has extremely improved my analytical skills and my ability to develop classroom materials for college students. Through this experience, I worked as a Film Evaluation and Curriculum Development Intern. Most of the work that I did was to watch short films and documentaries created by film makers from across the world. Additionally, I edited film synopses that were posted on the Docademia website. As part of the curriculum development, I had access to a film database, where I would go and watch the films, create tags and identify courses and programs that would use those particular films. When we had a specific university that we were working for, we developed classroom materials that students could use after watching the video. This experience was amazing and I would do it again anytime." Pempho, MACIE 2015 cohort
"I heard about Docademia through one of our professors in the MACIE program and ended up sending an email explaining my interest along with my resume. I got an interview invite the same day from Nassim and a few days later I started my internship. I got to work with Docademia from May 2016 to about January 2017. I reviewed documentaries and developed educational packages — quizzes, discussion questions, debates and scholarly resources — for academics to use in their classrooms. This opportunity exposed me to so many global issues. For example, through the documentaries I got to see how people experience LGBT issues in Turkey, Argentina and India. I got to learn about gender activism in Iran and hear so many marginalized voices. I think one of my favorite parts was how a lot of the documentaries are in the native language of whichever group that is speaking to us and educating us. Some of the languages I have never heard of before or I have never heard it spoken in front of me before, so I was being exposed to new sounds, new ways of communication, new culture and ethnic groups, new issues that may never have crossed my mind without working for Docademia. I also got challenged a lot when I had to research resources for the documentaries we accepted. My brain was constantly thinking about activities that were going to challenge students to think and see differently, activities that make students uncomfortable or force them to step outside of their comfort zones and listen to the issues voiced in the documentaries." Keji, MACIE 2015 cohort
"I started as a Docademia intern in May 2016, right after my first year in the MACIE program ended. That summer, I mostly reviewed international short films, to assess if they would be useful for educational purposes. Specifically, I was looking to see if the films represented marginalized groups, if they could encourage critical thinking and class discussion, and if the films were interesting and of good quality. Through this process, I was able to apply much of the knowledge I had gained through my MACIE courses, particularly in the social and cultural foundations of education. As I have continued on as an intern, I have also had the chance to work on presentations, film screenings, and various other organizational tasks. Our team works very closely together, and I've enjoyed our close collaboration through technology, since we are all in different locations. The experience has been extremely enjoyable and beneficial for me!" Ann, MACIE 2015 cohort