Digital Storytelling from Afghanistan – Presentation and Screening at Harvard’s KSG 2/3

January 28, 2012

“Digital Storytelling from Afghanistan.” Michael Sheridan, Catherine Rielly

Friday February 3, 2012, 2:10PM – 4:00PM, Carr Center Conference Room, HKS, One Eliot St.

Filmmaker Michael Sheridan presents his remarkable story of assisting ten Afghan filmmakers to craft insightful community stories and how these stories have been brought to wide audiences through the work of Community Supported Film.   This session will use The Fruit of Our Labor films to illustrate basic principles of filmmaking and report on the social networking now in progress.

Michael Sheridan, DevCom Mentor since 2001, is an independent producer of film and video with a special interest in international issues of social and economic development in Africa and Asia.  www.sheridanworks.com

Catherine Rielly, a DevCom Executive Producer, is the President of Rubia, a non-profit organization whose mission is to develop economic opportunities through craft heritage, to support education, and to promote health and well-being for Afghan women and their families.

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