We Tell


We Tell: Fifty Years of Participatory Community Media series is now available for community screenings and educational use. Select programs (Wages of Work, Turf, and Collaborative knowledges) are available for a three-year educational license.



Curators:  Louis Massiah, Scribe Video Center and Patricia R. Zimmermann, Ithaca College
Archive Research by the XFR Collective ​

We Tell: 50 Years of Participatory Community Media, a national traveling exhibition, chronicles the hidden histories of place-based documentaries that situate their collaborative practices in specific locales, communities, and needs for social and political change.


Thematic Programs

body publics

Body Publics focuses on controversial issues surrounding public health and sexualities. It exposes the ailments from within and the diseases from the outside. These works unpack how access or lack of access to various...

Collaborative Knowledges

Collaborative Knowledges focuses on inter-generational dialogues as a way to reclaim history and knowledge in people rather than in institutions. This program features videos that unearth lost knowledge and histories;...

Environments of Race and Place

Environments of Race and Place zeroes in on issues surrounding immigration, migration, and racial identities unique to specific environments. These works embrace and amplify the micro rather than the macro in scope....

States of Violence

Debates and politics about the American criminal justice system are extremely complex, involving many stories of evidence, interpretation, policies, and laws that can center around just one case. States of Violence...


The works in Turf dig out the complexities and politics of gentrification, homelessness, housing, and the significance of urban spaces for democratic participation. The projects span cities such as Braddock,...

Wages of Work

Citizens and communities approach issues surrounding job opportunities, occupations, wages, unemployment, and underemployment in a myriad of ways. They engage in union organizing. They reclaim stories about what is not spoken, repressed...