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Film & Digital Media

"I'm really interested in taking something historical, which could be a film, documents, or an archive, and thinking about how to bring it into conversation in a present day space or with a present day public.

For Film and Digital Media senior Marisol Medina-Cadena, witnessing the bridge construction on the National Mall was not only a spectacular engineering feat but also a great visual metaphor—linking the historical legacies of this Inka tradition to a contemporary context in the shadow of the U.S.

"I'm always happy when I'm researching something that has an impact or when I'm trying to figure out something that's going on and hunting for clues. My early work was focused mainly on feminist film. That gave way to focusing on "New Queer Cinema" and going further into LGBT peoples.

Set in Taiwan and Hawai'i, Film and Digital Media Ph.D. candidate Anita Chang's film Tongues of Heaven focuses on the questions, desires and challenges of young indigenous peoples to learn the languages of their forebears—languages that are endangered or facing extinction.

Rebecca Gourevitch, a masters student in the Social Documentation program in Film and Digital Media, spends time with Sylvia Smith, a San Francisco resident who has lived in her apartment for over thirty years.