Archive for October, 2010

Forensic Nursing and Digital Storytelling: A Documentary

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Check out this video that shows the nuts and bolts of digital storytelling and digital storytelling workshops.

In May 2010, the Center for Digital Storytelling conducted a workshop at the University of Colorado with the International Association of Forensic Nurses. Known worldwide for its focus on caring and reflective practice, Sue Hagedorn and Vicki Erickson from the University, in conjunction with recruitment from IAFN, brought together nurses from around the country for the workshops. The workshops were facilitated by Daniel Weinshenker and Mary Ann McNair from the Center for Digital Storytelling.

Film-maker Sue Hagedorn captured the entire workshop on video and then edited a short-form documentary out of the footage and various interviews with the storytellers. The result is one of the first documentaries that highlights the work of the Center for Digital Storytelling, the intricacies of what happens during the workshop process instead of just the end-products that are made in the workshop.

Umodzi (Together)

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

Umodzi (13 mins., 2010) explores the power of community mobilisation through women’s groups to improve mother and child health and reduce mortality in Mchinji District, rural Malawi. Women, chiefs and health workers discuss the transformations in their communities brought about by community members collaborating in over 250 women’s groups established by MaiMwana Project. Women describe how collective action has helped to improve health and reduce mortality among mothers and children directly by preventing illness and changing behaviour and indirectly by empowering community members to take control of health issues that affect the health of these groups. MaiMwana Project is a collaboration between the Malawi Ministry of Health and the UCL Centre for International Health and Development and was established in Malawi in 2003. The film was funded by UCL Futures.

Marty Otañez, Producer and Assistant Professor
Anthropology Department, University of Colorado, Denver
blogs: Coalition for Excellence in Digital Storytelling

Mikey Rosato, Producer, University College London, Institute for Global Health

Brad Johnson, Editor