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“Qué Lo Qué South Bronx?”

Finalist: Point of View
A Video Project
89 High School Students from Center for Urban Pedagogy @ The International Community High School
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About this Project:

During the COVID-19 pandemic, gun violence in New York City increased significantly for the first time in several years. The neighborhoods most affected by gun violence in New York City are all lower-income, predominantly Black and Brown neighborhoods in Brooklyn and the Bronx. Why has gun violence increased again recently? What are the relationships between gun violence and racism? What is the best way to prevent gun violence?

In the fall and winter of 2022, CUP collaborated with Teaching Artist Asa Mendelsohn, classroom teachers Mr. Nick Deming and Ms. Julia Joseph, and the ICHS 11th graders to investigate the issue of gun violence and how we can prevent it. The group interviewed members of their community and experts working on the issue.

Together, they created the documentary video, ¿Qué lo qué South Bronx? a film that explores the impact of gun violence on our communities and imagines ways to move towards healing.

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Feedback from the Judges:

Claire Nuñez 👏 Lead Immersive Designer at IBM — Emoti-Con Judge
This is a great documentary you all created. You had so many different sources which is great also - it really helps the viewer understand the issue further. I think this film incorporated a lot of great visuals and information. My number one suggestion would be to include subtitles in both Spanish & English for greater accessibility for people who either don't speak the languages or have a hard time hearing. This is a great project overall, thank you for creating and sharing!

Joshen Ayukawa 👏 Program Coordinator, Design League DIIT at Mouse — Emoti-Con Judge
What an amazing project! You all did such an amazing job bringing your vision to life with this video. Your thoroughness in obtaining various interviews and point of views made the video very engaging.

You picked a topic that is so important in Gun Violence, and especially in the South Bronx. As someone who grew up in and still lives in the Bronx, I have seen all too many instances of people losing their lives at a far too young age due to Gun Violence.

Projects like this are what truly make a difference; spreading awareness in such an engaging way is certain to make its way around to the people who truly need it. Amazing job you all!

Caroline Espinal 👏 Freelance Illustrator (Caroissant), Manager (NERD Escapes) at Caroissant, NERD Escapes — Emoti-Con Judge
What a great and impactful short film! Your creativity shines through the editing and shows how much care you all have for our community. Using your skills as a platform to highlight the voices of our community makes this film so meaningful, especially now as the issue of gun violence and poverty is growing in our country.

Creative reporting and personal documentary videos from inside the community can become viral social media, similar to the reporting style used by Vox and Vice. I would love to see where you take these ideas and conversations! As you film and share these perspectives to outside communities, how can we be louder advocates for big change and what connections can we continue to make in order to grow this network of people and voices? Amazing job and great teamwork on the production of this project!

Jose Anthony Roman 👏 Production assistant at Sikelia Production — Emoti-Con Judge
Great work! I love what you are trying to do with this video and the messaging. Great subjects, ranging from experts to people on the street. I loved the visuals and all the physical work that was going on on camera. the shapes using arms and hands were very cool.
I would say maybe add subtitles to all the interviews. Only because in some cases, the volume of the street was louder than the people, or there was too much echo in a room. And I know this is sensitive, but with all these young people, odds are, someone on the project was personally affected by this. It's interesting to hear experts and people on the street's opinions, but one of the students with a story puts a very real face on the issue.

Feedback from the Community:

Eleanor 👏 a High School Student from NYC
I really learned a lot from this documentary. I've heard about gun violence in the Bronx in the passing, but I've never learned about it in depth, so it was very enlightening.
Asa (Project Team Member) 👏 a Teacher
Thank you for engaging with our team's project.
@Claire, we just wanted to note that our film does in fact have closed captions and subtitles available in both Spanish and English. To access them, please click on the "CC" on the bottom right of the media player embedded above, and then select the language you'd like. Thank you again for your feedback!

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