The 10th Annual Social Documentation Thesis Documentary Screening

Graduate students will exhibit their master's thesis works to the public June 8th.

May 30, 2016


SocDoc graduates

SocDoc graduates from left to right: Lucas Bonnetti, Joor Baruah, Maricar Camaya, Israel Dawson, Rebecca Gourevitch, Rogelio Novales.

June 8th will be a special day at the Del Mar Theater for a group of UCSC graduate students. The graduating class from the Film and Digital Media’s Social Documentary Master’s program will present their work at a public exhibition at the historic Santa Cruz theater, The 10th Annual Social Documentation Thesis Documentary Screening.

The event opens at 6pm and it is recommended to arrive early.

The screening is both a celebration and a ceremony for the graduate student documentarians, as their films showcase years of hard work and focus on a particular subject for the graduate students, while also engaging and educating their audience.

Six SocDoc graduate students will present their work at this free event:

Graduate student Joor Baruah said that he came to UC Santa Cruz because, “the Social Documentation program is one of the best programs in the country for documentary studies.”

Baruah decided on his topic after discussions with his advisors in the SocDoc program. “After evaluating numerous project themes, I felt the research and documentation of the challenges faced by the Adi people of Arunachal Pradesh was urgent and important. After a year of in-depth research under the guidance of my graduate advisors, I felt prepared to travel to the remote Adi villages around Pasighat, the oldest town of Arunachal Pradesh for the filming.”

Both Baruah’s film and Israel Dawson’s film “Freedom Sleepers” will also be shown as part of the Film and Digital Media showcase at the Santa Cruz Film Festival, June 1-5 at the Tannery Arts Center.

Both the Social Documentary and Film and Digital Media screenings are open to the public, but it is advised to arrive early to these popular events.

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