A Video Project
By Alex, Ana, Christian, Dayanna, Eddalye, Isabella, Joseph, Justin, Muhammad, Nafi, Nash, Norma, Tammy, and Yosaira
High School Students from Education Video Center
About this Project:
What's Gender Got To Do With It? is a documentary created by students in Educational Video Center (EVC)'s Youth Documentary Workshop program. The students worked collaboratively to plan, script, film, and edit this documentary during the COVID-19 pandemic (in the Fall 2020 semester of the workshop). Most of the work was done remotely, via Zoom, although students were also able to gather safely and film street interviews for the documentary. The film represents the students' impassioned call to intergenerational audiences to understand the ways that biases about gender shape the experiences of youth and adults alike. They selected the topic because they all felt it was one that directly impacted their own lives, and the lives of their families and communities.
In this documentary, teenagers and adults share personal stories of gender discrimination and how it has affected their mental health. With a focus on the queer community, activists working to end discrimination based on gender identity and gender expression discuss their methods for changing minds, behaviors, and social structures. The film also looks at how social media plays a part in spreading stereotypes about gender roles, as well as how it can be used as a tool for social change.
Feedback from the Judges:
Danny Jimenez 👏 Information Assistant at New York Public Library — Emoti-Con Judge
This documentary was very well put together. The interviews, as well as the outro by the producers, gave very distinct perspectives about the issue. Keep fighting for inclusivity!
Kate Rosenbloom 👏 Director, Curriculum and Learning at 2U Inc. — Emoti-Con Judge
I love your project and I can't believe you did almost all of it over Zoom! I was impressed by the film's inclusivity of people from different ethnicities, ages, and gender identities. I love that you included the pronouns of each of the people who appear in the film--what an awesome precedent to set! I'm also very impressed by how much you got people on the street to open up in your interviews. That tells me that you all were warm, welcoming and asked great questions. My one piece of feedback would be to include subtitles in future versions of the film so that people who are hard of hearing can understand what's being said. This is an all around awesome project. Congratulations!
Eddie Palacio III 👏 Admissions Counselor at University of Michigan Stamps School of Art & Design — Emoti-Con Judge
This is so impactful and provides a stage for minoritized and oppressed voices! Thank you for this project!
Jessica Hochman 👏 Assoc. Visiting Prof & Educator/consultant at Syracuse University & We Need 2 Talk — Emoti-Con Judge
This is a powerful film. Great job of creating a piece of documentary film that feels like it tells the story of individuals and a community using their own words and voices. I love that the film educates viewers about gender as well. It's powerful to hear from activists and regular folks alike about ways that stereotypes and prejudice impact our lives, but also how we can resist and insist on being identified and respected for who we are.
Feedback from the Community:
👏 a Middle School Student
I really love this project!!
Happy pride month btw!