Community Visions Vol. 2

Produced by: 
Scribe Video Center and Various Community Organizations

Community Visions Compilation Price:

Higher Education Institutions & Government Agency DVD | $139.00
K-12 & Public Libraries DVD | $79.00
Home Video DVD License – Restrictions Apply | $20.00



The Community Visions program teaches documentary video-making skills to members of community organizations in Philadelphia, Chester and Camden (NJ). A powerful way to document community concerns, celebrate cultural diversity, and comment on the human condition, Community Visions is a part of Scribe’s mission to explore, develop and advance the use of video, film, audio and interactive technology as artistic tools and as tools for progressive social change. This DVD features 4 films.


Films Included In The Compilation:

We Are All In This Together by The Community Mental Health and Mental Retardation Services (COMHAR)

In the United States, 1 in 5 people suffer from mental illness at one point in their life and another 7.5 million people are mentally retarded. Until the 1970's, many of those with the greatest needs were housed in government institutions. But when those institutions were slowly closed due to either inhumane conditions or new governmental funding priorities, many found themselves in living in group homes or with their loving, but often ill-equipped families (00:15:00). Read more

Herstory: The Philadelphia Black Women's Health Project by Black Women's Health Project

What's the skinny on black women's health? More than two-thirds of black women are overweight or obese, increasing their risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and some cancers. Black women also have a much higher chance of dying from heart disease, high blood pressure, and cancer than white women. Through its clever mixture of dramatic segments and interviews with women from the Project, Herstory: The Philadelphia Black Women's Health Project successfully ignites discussion about health issues of particular concern for black women including breast cancer, prenatal care, stress and cardiovascular disease (00:12:00). Read more

More Than Property by United Hands Community Land Trust

The United Hands Community Land Trust was a multi-racial homeownership organization in the Kensington section of Philadelphia. The Trust was committed to ensuring permanent, affordable, quality housing primarily for low-income people of color. Today the term "blight" is thrown around a good deal by developers and government entities eager to implement eminent domain, but this video unflinchingly examines a hostile, truly blighted urban environment in which people of color are isolated...and then shows how transformation takes place when people are given the support and opportunities to create their own luck, vision, and a place they can call their own (00:13:00). Read more

To School or Not to School by Youth United For Change

A youth group from Woodrock, Inc. created this video to explore and document the high rate of school drop-outs among their peers. Students and drop-outs of Edison High School discuss issues of daily concern, such as peer pressure, the desire to earn fast cash, lack of parental involvement, teenage pregnancy and a lack of teacher effectiveness. With so many burdens weighing them down, how do they make a clear-headed decision to school...or not to school (00:13:00)? Read more


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