Documentary History Project for Youth Vol. 11 - "Coming Together: The History of Conventions in Philadelphia"

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2008 Documentary History Project for Youth

Documentary History Project for Youth Price:

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



Scribe Video Center Program:

The Documentary History Project for Youth (DHPY) is an annual after-school, weekend and summertime digital media production workshop for middle and high school students. Each year, youth participants create short documentary films as a way to explore some aspect of the social, political and cultural history of Philadelphia. 


DHPY Students: Lashanna Caldwell (Civics and Science Charter School), Joseph Dromboski (21st Century Cyber Charter School), Anais Cooper Hackman (Charles H. Boehm Middle School), Jalene A. Johnson (Civics and Science Charter School), Adrian Monteith (Civics and Science Charter School), Tawluwt Muhammad (21st Century Cyber Charter School), Tyreece Powell (Academy at Palumbo), William Whitley (University of Arts)


Instructors: Deborah Rudman, Jamese Wells, and Amanda Whittenberger


Film Summary:

From independence to emancipation to present day, Philadelphia has played host to historic gatherings of Democrats, Republicans, suffragettes, abolitionists, and the Black Panthers.  Whether it was the 1787 Constitutional Convention where the framework for the US Constitution was drafted or the Revolutionary People’s Constitutional Convention of 1970, groups have gathered to chart a future and take on issues of race, class and freedom  Set against the backdrop of the history-making 2008 presidential campaign these youth videomakers look at these moments in history with fresh perspectives to tell the story of our city, rich in history and symbolism, where so many have chosen to gather to try their hand at renovating and restructuring our democracy. 


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