TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The University of Alabama (UA) department of journalism & creative media will host the 13th annual Documenting Justice film screening at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23, at the Bama Theatre in downtown Tuscaloosa. The screening is free and open to the public.
The event will feature short documentaries created by students who dedicated a year to learning how to document and analyze culture and social experience — and communicate about issues of justice and injustice in Alabama — through nonfiction filmmaking.
The students, who are pursuing degrees in a wide range of fields, produced the documentaries as part of a two-semester course co-taught by award-winning filmmaker Andrew Grace, director of the Documenting Justice program and instructor in the department of journalism & creative media, and Rachel Morgan, creative director for Birmingham’s Sidewalk Film Festival.
“Documentary filmmaking gives out students an opportunity to immerse themselves in a world they might not otherwise come into contact with,” said Andy Grace, director of Documenting Justice. “To deeply research an issue or a problem, to go out and meet subjects, to develop relationships, to have frank and open conversations about the lives of other people, this kind of work required to make a documentary film is a unique experience in empathy that is hard to replicate in the classroom.”
UA has offered the Documenting Justice course since 2006.