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Self and Society Through Video


From: BJ Berquist (berquist_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Thu Jun 28 2001 - 05:56:04 PDT

From: Roberto Arevalo <roberto_arevalo@HOTMAIL.COM>
Subject: Self and Society Through Video

Looking Inside: Self and Society through Video The Mirror Project 9th
Year Anniversary At The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Saturday, June 30 at 12:00 p.m.
Museum of Fine Arts 465 Huntington Avenue Boston (Tickets $5)

Join the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston for two evenings of video by
award-winning Colombian-American videographer and media educator Roberto
Arévalo and his teen students from Wilmington, Delaware. Arévalo will be
present to talk about his work. He can be contacted at 617/625.1690 or

Experience a unique philosophy of social documentary that creates videos
in dialogue with individuals and communities, speaking with those who
are too often spoken for. From Bogotá, and Wilmington, Delaware, see the
products of Arévalo's Boston-based Mirror Project
(, including Porvenir (Future), La Arepa
Colombiana en Nueva York, and Building a Common Ground. Some of these
videos capture the voices of rural Colombians, as well as immigrants to
New York's Colombian community, and tell stories that highlight public
health, environmental degradation, the trials of immigration. Others
show contemporary urban American life from the perspectives of young
people from a range of ethnic backgrounds and socio-economic classes.

Arévalo began the nationally-acclaimed Mirror Project in 1992, as a
recent immigrant from Colombia. A major focus of the project has been
teaching inner city youth in greater Boston how to create videos about
their life experiences. Through the project, urban youth have created
more than 150 video documentaries. Hear Arévalo and his teen students
talk about their work and their vision to demystify the production of
media, and to create, exhibit and distribute alternative media projects
that promote social, cultural, and personal-awareness. The Mirror
Project's goal is to open a window for audiences onto the lives of
people who, though they might live nearby, remain strangers because of
ethnic, cultural, age or socioeconomic barriers.

The Museum of Fine Arts is proud to present a retrospective on The
Mirror Project, showing the development of a methodology that honestly
and effectively portrays the richness of marginalized and low-income
communities without hiding their harsh realities.

JUNE 30th at 12:00 p.m.
Porvenir / Future (Spanish English Subtitles) 30:00, 2000 The daily life
in Porvenir, Colombia tells the story of a rural village and its
inhabitants. Although they suffer the consequences of rapid
industrialization, inadequate infrastructure and medical care, and the
consistent neglect of their government, the people of Porvenir continue
to lead their lives with dignity and hope.

La Arepa Colombiana en Nueva York (Spanish /English subtitles) 17:00
min., 1991 Depicts Colombian immigration and the maintenance of cultural
identity through the story of a Colombian street vendor in Queens.
Winner of "Mi Video en Queens" award, Tele-Colombia Cable Network.

Building a Common Ground (Boston Premiere!) 40:00 min., 2000 A vibrant
documentary produced by and featuring young people, giving intimate and
immediate views on gender, achievement, friendship, and family. Produced
in collaboration with the Christina Cultural Arts Center in Wilmington,
Delaware, through the national residency initiative Artists and
Communities: America creates for the Millenium, a program designed by
the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation in Baltimore, MD, to bring professional
artists to communities across America to explore issues of local concern
and to collaborate on new art work expressing a vision for the future.
Arevalo was one of 60 artists selected from 800 applicants. By
teen-producers David Hamilton, Kyle Holsinger-Johnson, and Andre Wright.
Roberto Arevalo

The Mirror Project Tel

Forwarded by
BJ Berquist
Associate Educator, TAPPED IN