Denton High School students learned about research and the college experience when they capped off a year-long digital storytelling project with the Campecine film festival at UNT in February.
Mariela Nuñez-Janes, associate professor of anthropology, leads the project, launched with Denton High School’s Peer Assistance and Leadership coordinator Tim Sanchez.
The students participate in a week-long workshop at UNT in the fall, where they determine the topic for their digital story and create their film using still images, dialogue, music and video. The students decide which films are shown during Campecine. Nuñez-Janes says some of the films are about personal experiences, while others are about social issues.
“This experience is empowering for the students who are just beginning to find their way in the world,” she says.
“They leave Campecine feeling like they have something to contribute; they find their voices.”
More information and videos from the program can be found at courses.unt.edu/nunezjanes.