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Theatre of the Oppressed Workshops


Still images of each filmmaking role.

We’ve had two very special visitors to the Film Academy this year to do Theatre of the Oppressed workshops with our youth.

Our first workshop was with Chella Coleman at the HBO community room in Santa Monica, who led us through mirroring exercises, name games and thinking outside the box. You could feel our team building strength and connection, and Chella shared herself so openly with our youth!

Alfredo Avila led our second workshop, hosted at Legacy in East LA, guiding us through creating images and sounds of the themes and emotions in our films, and asking each team to perform their story in only 5 still images. Each group clarified the most important parts of their story, and the best part was they had to communicate with each other in complete silence! Alfredo did an amazing job at bringing the teams together to get at the essence of their stories and visualize their films.

We are grateful for all the support volunteers have been giving to the program this year, helping the young filmmakers tell their stories!


Mentor Kate Donnelly had youth write narratives about Picasso’s “The Old Guitarist”


Still images of Pizza Money during Alfredo Avila’s TO workshop


Still images of Radio film during Alfredo Avila’s TO workshop

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