ITHACA, NY—The Roy H. Park School of Communications and the Park Center for Independent Media at Ithaca College will host a presentation by award-winning documentary filmmaker Rory Kennedy on Monday, January 28. Kennedy’s talk, “The Camera Doesn’t Lie: Social Change through Documentary Filmmaking,” is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in the Emerson Suites, Phillips Hall. It is free and open to the public.
Kennedy directed the Emmy Award–winning documentary “Ghosts of Abu Ghraib,” which examined the abuse scandal involving U.S. soldiers and detainees at the Iraq prison and explored what the events reveal about American society, government and military operations. It premiered to critical acclaim at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival before being broadcast on HBO. For more information on the film, visit http://www.ghostsofabughraib.org/.
The youngest daughter of the late Senator Robert F. Kennedy, she became a filmmaker and social activist after graduating from Brown University. She is the co-founder/president of Moxie Firecracker Films, through which she has tackled some of our most pressing social concerns—poverty, domestic abuse, drug addiction, human rights, AIDS and mental illness.
Her documentaries include “The Homestead Strike,” part of the History Channel series “Ten Days That Unexpectedly Changed America”; “American Hollow,” illustrating the plight of an Appalachian family caught between century-old tradition and the modern world; “A Boy’s Life,” the dramatic portrait of the troubling forces shaping the life of a young child from impoverished Mississippi; and “Pandemic: Facing AIDS,” recording the triumph as well as the heartbreak of five people afflicted with the disease.
Kennedy’s talk is made possible through the generosity of the Park Foundation. It is the first in a series of special events to mark the launch of the Park Center for Independent Media, a national think tank for the study and production of media content created and distributed outside traditional media systems and news organizations. Based in the Roy H. Park School of Communications, the center will engage media makers and students in important conversations about the disruptive implications of interactive media in a participatory culture; develop and distribute best practices to professionals across media forms; and anticipate and explore newly emergent forms of media production and distribution in student and faculty research, pedagogy, and professional practices.