AWAKENING is a feature documentary that considers the re-possession of the narrative of black lives, in two locales—Buenaventura, Colombia and Ferguson, Missouri—via the application of a most powerful tool of representation: the camera.
The film documents black teenagers from Ferguson and Buenaventura as they reckon with what it means to grow up in their communities. The youth in each locale take part in a grassroots media summer program teaching video production through methodologies aimed at personal transformation through reflexivity and the potential of telling one’s own stories.
The film builds up to the climactic last weeks of the workshops when the youth from Fergusson and Buenaventura come together in the creation of a final video project as they attempt to bridge the distance that separates them.
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