Filmmaker and Anthropologist Speaks to Holy Innocents' Students
On Tuesday, Oct. 30, Holy Innocents' Episcopal School welcomed writer, independent documentary filmmaker and Emory University professor of anthropology and film, Isabella Alexander, Ph. D. Dr. Alexander shared clips from her upcoming documentary “The Burning,” which tells the story of Africa’s migrant and refugee crisis through the lens of three families.
After previewing her upcoming film, Dr. Alexander shared more in-depth details about her experience of living undercover for the past three years while documenting the plight of refugees in Northern Africa. Students were able to ask questions and were then invited to be photographed lighting a match—a nod to the documentary title. These photos will later be shared as a message of encouragement and gratitude for the migrant and refugee youth who told their stories.
“I am an educator myself, and one of the things I love most about film is the ability to communicate with really diverse audiences—young and old, across cultural and linguistic backgrounds—and to create a human connection," said Dr. Alexander. "There is no audience that I am more excited about, or interested in engaging, than young audiences because they are our future, and I want them to grow up with a global awareness. I want them to feel a connection and a compassion to people who aren’t all that different from them but are in radically different circumstances.”