Community Visions Vol. 4

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:

As Speech Flows to Music by Anna Crusis Women's Choir

The feminist choir featured in this video takes its unusual name from the Greek word "anacrusis," a word used in music to describe an "upbeat" or "feminine" entrance to a phrase. The Anna Crusis Women's Choir finds the phrase fitting for the purpose of defining themselves in relation to music, a philosophy of feminism, and the joy of performing. The choir performs music from classical and renaissance traditions as well as music which is more experimental in nature, including forays into pop, jazz, reggae, folk, gospel, Balkan, and country styles, and in many different languages (00:06:00). Read more

Mediation: Untangling the Knot by Good Shepherd Neighborhood Mediation Program

Good Shepherd Neighborhood Mediation Program is designed to alert community residents to peaceful alternatives to violence by advocating for constructive conflict resolution. A witty and instructive tape about the process of resolving disputes by the use of dialogue and mediation (00:19:00). Read more

Philadelphia's Youth In Action: Agents Of Change by The Philadelphia Foundation's Youth Involvement Network

Forget the stereotype of apathetic youth; it wasn't true then and it certainly isn't now. This history of youth activism in Philadelphia since the 1960s was produced by six high school students -- Rasheda Belton, Yuk-Lin Chan, Miguel Ortiz, Suzann Petroski, Sultan Shakir, and Lateefa Williams. Their collaboration neatly captures the rich stories of local activists, past and present, who discuss the roles young people have played and continue to play in the arena of social change. The exuberance and fearlessness of young people, when harnessed and directed in a positive way, has always been a prime ingredient in youth activism whether its fighting homophobia, anti-Puerto Rican prejudice, or helping fellow students work out answers to troublesome questions such as "What's wrong with school that makes the streets a better place to be?" (00:28:00) Read more

That Sounds Like Me: Seniors Read Aloud Together by Jewish Community Centers of Greater Philadelphia

This documentary explores a literary program that takes literature to groups of older adults who read aloud together and discuss what they have read. Participants explain and explore what they like about this program, highlighting the mental stimulation and participatory experience. Elizabeth B. Wenzel, teacher and volunteer of READING ALOUD TOGETHER explains that she wanted to bring literature to older people because there is so much there they can identify with and take pleasure from - a conclusion she reached after conducting a workshop about Oedipus to older adults - noting that Sophocles himself was 89 when he wrote this particular work (00:15:00). Read more