“Qué Lo Qué South Bronx?”
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:
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!
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!
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:
@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!