When she decided to pursue the project, she reached out to Hugh Egan, professor of English at Ithaca College and faculty liaison for students seeking Fulbright grants, for guidance through the application process.
“I was happy to find out I was still eligible for the program because I knew IC has a pretty great track record with Fulbright Scholars,” said Galant. “There were a lot of components to the application, but for me, filling out applications is exciting and feels right when you're excited about the project itself. I’m really grateful to IC for Hugh and his support.”
“Leah’s proposal to study the politics of remembrance in contemporary Germany is extraordinary in the way it combines a compelling intellectual vision with an expertise in the practical skills of filmmaking,” said Egan. “She developed these talents as an undergraduate in the documentary studies program, which has produced a host of Fulbright winners over the years.”
Galant also credits much of her expertise to the community of scholars she was a part of while studying at IC, including several other Fulbright winners. She also spoke to the impact of the critical race theory, media literacy, and sociology classes that complemented her technical filmmaking education.
“I'm appreciative that the documentary studies program requires a minor, because being able to merge those two worlds is really important to me, and I think it was a beautiful combination,” she said. “I’m grateful to have graduated with the ability to continue to question and critically think about the media that I'm making. The community of peers and collaborators that I met at Ithaca has continued to give me confidence and inspire me to do projects like this.”
Prior to this accolade, Galant was already well on her way to a successful career in documentary filmmaking. Along with Maya Cueva ‘15, she directed and was the cinematographer of a film titled “On The Divide” that premiered at the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival and will broadcast on POV PBS in Spring 2022.