For the third year in a row, students in Natalie Chaput’s Spanish IV class learned the basics of documentary filmmaking and then produced short films about their lives – in Spanish. Their films included a look at family histories, portrayals of their present lives, and reflections on their hopes for the future. The class culminated in the sending of the finished films to Spain to be viewed by a group of students who had recently visited Vermont.
The process of making short, personal films reveals both the individuality of the filmmaker and the culture in which he or she lives. Exchanging these stories internationally is an amazing way to learn about another culture from the fresh perspectives of young people.