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Enhance your skills as a filmmaker by learning how to incorporate oral history into your work.

This webinar is for local filmmakers who wish to learn more about what oral history is, and how they can effectively and meaningfully use it in their work. Facilitated by National Geographic Explorer, Tribeca Film Institute-supported documentary filmmaker, and DC Oral History Collaborative trainer, Maggie Lemere, the course will cover:

  • What makes oral history distinct from other forms of interviewing;
  • The fundamentals of an oral history practice;
  • How oral history can be used in documentary film including: project design, story discovery, relationship and reciprocity with participants, and consent.

The pilot session will provide participants with examples of several documentary films of which oral history is an integral part, an opportunity to discuss their questions, and ideas for how to connect with DC’s oral history ecosystem as they move forward in their work (including future training and funding and accessing archives).

The DC Oral History Collaborative (DCOHC) documents, preserves, and celebrates the lived experiences of all Washington, DC residents and communities through oral history. The Collaborative accomplishes this by providing training, mentorship, resources, programs, and funding to current and aspiring oral historians.

Maggie Lemere is a documentary filmmaker, oral historian, storytelling strategist and 2021-2022 National Geographic Explorer who works globally on projects exploring people’s relationship to the environment. She is currently directing a film about the relationship between indigenous communities and old-growth olive trees in the Middle East, and producing films following water protectors and punk musicians in Myanmar and youth climate activists in the U.S. A founder of Rhiza, a women-led collective that uses storytelling, healing, organizing, and research to support social transformation and environmental justice, Maggie is passionate about high-impact and collaborative storytelling. Maggie is the author of Nowhere to Be Home: Narratives from Survivors of Burma’s Military Regime (McSweeney’s & Voice of Witness). She is trained as a Master Naturalist and serves as Oral Historian for the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

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