Camera as Witness program encourages student activism through documentary screenings

By Alexis Garduno For the past four years, Stanford’s Camera as Witness (CAW) program has sought to foster student activism on campus by working hand-in-hand with student leaders to spark conversation on contentious social issues. CAW is the Stanford affiliate of The United Nations Association Film Festival (UNAFF), an international documentary film festival founded in 1998 that takes place each year in the Bay Area. UNAFF documentaries frequently feature themes like human rights, environmental themes, population migration, refugees and homelessness. Jasmina Bojic, the founder of UNAFF and CAW, stated that she created the organizations because she wanted to apply documentaries to education. “I was inspired by how documentaries can be used in a way of education,” Bojic said, before adding, “One of the reasons I decided to found UNAFF here in the Bay Area is because it is the birthplace of the United Nations, not New York.” UNAFF has worked to support the work of the United Nations by “continuing the conversation” about human rights issues in the United States and around the world. The festival does not, however, receive political or financial support from the United Nations. Read the full article here: http://www.stanforddaily.com/2014/04/27/camera-as-witness-program-encourages-student-activism-through-documentary-screenings/

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