Digital Diaspora Roadshows
Digital Diaspora Family Reunion and 1World1Family social media campaign, the companion transmedia project to Through A Lens Darkly, engages audiences to discover connections between their own family archives and the film’s historical narrative, thus creating new communal linkages that underlie our common humanity.
A TYPICAL ROADSHOW – features live interactions with the audience, where people share their stories and family photographs, on cellphones or as actual photos, projected on a large screen. The atmosphere created, with music and intimate revelations, is that of a sacred space, where strangers are transformed into family. People laugh, cry, hug, make new connections, discover new insights and generally come away with a very deep appreciation for our connections with each other as fellow travelers on the great journey of life. It is as beautiful as it is precious!
DDFR Roadshows are flexible, from a single 90-minute photo-sharing event to a week-long residency, with screenings of Through A Lens Darkly, live community events, people working together in groups together using smartphone photography to record and preserve their family histories, including workshops on archival preservation and visual literacy, local artist and photographer talks. The user-generated 1World1Family campaign centrally focused on online social media enhances and expands the boundaries of the live events to an even larger audience, across time and space, creating an inter-generational, cross-cultural experience.
DDFR participants are encouraged to critically rethink how they read and interpret the welter of images they encounter, while also highlighting the significance of their own family photographs as historical artifacts in the making.
Over 15 DDFR Roadshows, 6 cities, 750 participants and 8,500 images collected, working with partners, including: AFI/Silver Docs, Bay Area Video Coalition, Brooklyn College, Sandy Ground Historical Society, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Louis Armstrong House Museum, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and National Alliance for Media Arts & Culture.