A student film crew from the Broadcasting Radio, Television & Film program at Niagara College will be screening its very own documentary entitled Go Global Live Local: The South African Experience on Friday, Dec. 3 at the Rose City Kids Theatre in Welland.
This documentary was filmed in May 2010 and follows a group of Niagara College students enrolled in a six-week general elective course developed by Pre-Health Science Professor Lora Miani called “Go Global Live Local.” The course provides students from a variety of program areas with the opportunity to explore contemporary global issues. It ran for the first time in Spring 2010, and students had the option of participating in projects with local organizations, including Welland’s Hope Centre and AIDS Niagara, or venturing overseas to work with the Ikhwezi Lokusa Wellness Centre, an HIV/AIDS clinic and counselling unit in East London, South Africa.
The students who travelled to South Africa gained insight from local students about HIV/AIDS and many other issues like education, health and poverty on a global scale. The trip included a full and ambitious agenda of tours, visits, presentations and workshops that covered a wide range of issues, from healthcare and education to business, culture and politics.
A crew of four third-year Broadcasting: Radio, Television and Film (BRTF) students, along with BRTF professor Bill Boehlen, joined the group and kept cameras rolling throughout the entire two-week adventure. The footage shot during the trip was then handed over to a crew of third-year television production students who edited the footage down to create the documentary for this public screening.
This special debut will take place on Friday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m. Admission is FREE, however monetary donations will be greatly appreciated. Any contributions collected at the screening will be donated to local and global AIDS organizations.
Niagara College offers the three-year Broadcasting-Radio, Television and Film (BRTF) diploma at its Welland Campus. Students benefit from unique facilities, including a sound mixing theatre, automated radio on-air production and a mobile TV production truck. Focus on hands-on learning is highlighted with daily broadcasts on the web and College radio station, 90.1 FM CRNC, and a weekly live TV magazine show. Students gain transferable skills and experience through the completion of up to 640 hours of field placement. For more information, visit http://www.NiagaraCollege.ca/BRTF.
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