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PREVIEW: Documenting Social Justice Screening

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Annie Milbourn

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After 11 years, University of Alabama instructor and independent documentary filmmaker Andy Grace said he does not get tired of teaching this year-long course at The University of Alabama titled “Documenting Justice.” Now, students will showcase their own documentaries that they have been working on all year. 

“There are some incredible films this year,” Grace said. “I think students especially should be supportive of one another for making interesting creative work.”

Offered to non-film majors at the University of Alabama, Documenting Justice is a “unique interdisciplinary film-making course.”
The fall semester consists of learning about documentaries and how to make them, while the spring consists of students using what they have learned to create short documentaries about social justice issues in the state of Alabama. The program also exists to support a group of student filmmakers who travel abroad to make their films.

Grace believes his class is filled with incredible students who are driven and passionate about making their own films. 

“It has always been an interesting and different process to be a part of,” he said. 

Applications for the 2017-2018 course are now open. To learn more about the program and to watch documentaries from past years, visit

WHO: Everyone is encouraged to come watch the documentaries

WHAT: Screenings of student-made social justice documentaries

WHEN: Tuesday, April 25 at 7 p.m.

WHERE: The films will be screened at The Bama Theatre in downtown Tuscaloosa.

WHY: The purpose of the course is to teach students the elements of documentary filmmaking and teach them to explore issues that have real effect on everyday people.  “My favorite part is watching all these students work incredibly hard over the course of many months to make something completely new and watching them get to experience all the highs and lows of film production,” Grace said.

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PREVIEW: Documenting Social Justice Screening