A Note from Executive Director Eyenga Bokamba
Last week I walked into Intermedia Arts shaking snow from my coat, tears sitting on the inner lining of my eyelids, threatening to shed as my grief about the state of our imperfect union grew into anger and worry. As I unlocked the door early Monday morning, I was greeted by nervous giggles and a few smiles from a group of teenagers awaiting their turn to be on camera.
That's right, I thought, mood shifting upward: this week is the Media Active film shoot. Immigrant youth from all over the globe, living here with their families, finding home in Minnesota, were all on site as part of Green Card Voices' Youth Voices Project, for which Intermedia Arts' own youth-led in-house film crew, Media Active, serves as the main film crew of the project, utilizing storytelling via film to explode myths and conquer stereotypes of immigrants. All week Intermedia Arts was filled with film equipment, makeup artists, light designers, story boarders, with young people in front of and behind the camera. It felt so right and just to be at Intermedia Arts last week, witnessing these interactions - the respect everyone had for one another, the feeling of safety, of welcome ... the spaciousness of the moment: the telling of stories, the claiming of identity, the power of capturing it all on film: truly affirming of our shared humanity.