Life Stories in Education Working Group Blog

Impressions sur ma première entrevue - par Gabriela Mizrahi

Depuis quelques semaines déjà, des élèves de cinquième secondaire de l’École internationale de Montréal participent à un projet qui allie pédagogie, entrevues d’histoire de vie et conception d’une exposition.

Pour en savoir plus sur ce projet:

Voici le blogue de Gabriela Mizrahi qui a réalisé sa première entrevue récemment.

"My impressions of the interview with Claudia

Stagiaire au sein du groupe Histoires de vie en éducation - Rapport de Sara Maranda-Gauvin

Stage réalisé du 22 janvier au 27 octobre 2009

*Mon parcours au fil du projet Histoires de vies*

Histoires de vies des Montréalais(es) déplacé(e)s par la guerre, le génocide et autres violations aux droits de la personne est plus qu’un projet universitaire: c’est un projet de société. J’y suis entrée avec beaucoup d’intérêt, de curiosité et de motivation pour apprendre de façon « particip-active ». Rapidement, je me suis rendue compte de l’ampleur de ce regroupement d’acteurs et d’actions qui surpasse l’individu.

Hope, Hope, Hope

On May 28th, after a nine months of bake sales and workshops, classes on listening and classes on ethics, laughing together and fighting in the hallways, interviewing, taking notes, editing, meeting fascinating people, watching documentaries, cutting up little pieces of paper, talking on the phone, writing letters and speeches and essays and press releases, sending millions of emails, and a thousand other things more important and more banal, the Humanities Collective felt everything come together.

It's All Coming Together

We’re starting to feel the pressure of production week as the date of our screening gets closer. All of the invitations have been sent out, we’re editing the documentary and putting it all together, and we’ve started to plan the evening of the screening. The past few weeks have been really exciting, as we’re starting to feel things really come together.

Making Connections

We have just returned from a two week holocaust learning experience, “The March of the Living,” in which we travelled with approximately 250 other Jews our age through many places of historical significance. We spent a week in Poland visiting concentration camps, liquidated Jewish ghettos, mass graves, cemeteries and other holocaust memorials. Following this highly emotional week, we traveled to Israel where we witnessed the continued existence and rise of a Jewish people from the ashes of the crematoriums scattered across Europe.

The Final Countdown

Since the storyboard is done (wooo!), the production team have been putting an enormous amount of work into cutting out the parts of the interview for the documentary. So far, Mr. Vong's interview has been cut down to 13 minutes. This means that it is possible that our film will be longer than 39 minutes if all of our interviewee’s quotations are as long as Mr. Vong's. In my opinion, this would be a perfect length, not too long but also not too short, just enough to transmit the message to our audience.

In High Gear

This week has been a tremendously productive one. The videos of the Mr. Pong and Dr. Chalk interviews were downloaded by the majority of the class by the end of the weekend. On Tuesday we came together and made the decision to use all three interviews together. This required cutting our previously condensed Mr. Smey interview and finding ways to insert Mr. Pong and Dr. Chalk efficiently. This required looking at the notes from Mr. Pong’s interview and Dr. Chalk’s transcript. When this was completed, we started to create our storyboard.

Now We're Really Cooking

This school week was only three days long, but so much is happening! On Saturday and Sunday, not one but TWO interviews were conducted and filmed! In addition, we were able to return to Mr. Smey’s house to take photos and film to use as b-roll. We are working obtaining pictures of Cambodia from various websites in hopes to be able to put visuals on Mr. Smey’s interview.

Successes and Frustrations

This week was one of both encouragement and frustration. On one hand, we are steaming ahead with getting what we want from Mr. Sney’s interview and constructing a storyboard. Last week the storyboard crew got the quotes they needed to make up Mr. Sney’s life story focusing on the theme of survival and Alec edited the audio over the weekend. Now we have the 15 minutes we need, which we listened to on Monday. After listening, we had a class-wide discussion on what needs to be taken out or if there are any gaps we need to fill in.

Projet-radio: L'idée

Il m’aura fallu un peu de temps, j’en conviens, pour revenir sur ce blogue et vous faire part enfin de l’idée qui a commencé à germer dans mon esprit – et que j’ai d’ailleurs partagée à la dernière rencontre du groupe Histoires en Éducation. Désolée...

Another Interview Scheduled!

Last week we condensed our audio clips until there were only poignant quotes left. The storyboard is now adding context to it, there might be narrating involved. After the storyboard director condensed the interview and sent the crew the information, three of our team members began writing a letter in hopes of Ms. Webster being awarded by an association of oral history. This would promote Ms. Webster as a teacher who uses oral history inside the classroom. We discussed the educational values that oral history can bring to adolescents and how it should be established inside school curriculums.

Producing the Interview

I am proud to announce that our first interview has finally, finally, FINALLY, after countless obstacles and unexpected delays, made its way out of the hands of our storyboard and into the hands of our production crew, who by the end of week will have turned our storyboard into a sound file. We are currently trying to get in contact with the director of the Cambodian Documentation Center to get some B-roll for our movie, and our interviewers will be returning to Mr.

Projet radio-éducation, lentement, mais sûrement...

Je promets d'être à l'avenir plus assidue dans l'écriture de ce blogue... Déjà deux semaines depuis mon premier billet... Disons que le projet sur lequel je travaille avance... lentement... Lentement mais... sûrement! En tout cas je l'espère. Sûrement dans le sens où il est important de bien savoir enraciner le projet dans le cadre scolaire en place.

Back on Track

This week in the Humanities Society we took a major step towards the creation of a product. So far, we’ve been scrounging for equipment, looking for contacts and organizing meetings. We’ve finally started turning it into art. The storyboarding crew has been working hard to extract the most important segments of the interview and to organize them in such a way that will best flow with the theme of our documentary: survival.

Premier billet

Bonjour et bienvenue sur ce nouveau blogue tenu par moi-même, Anne-Hélène Jutras. Étudiante en enseignement du français langue seconde, enseignant à des étudiants adultes, immigrants pour la plupart, je suis entrée dans le projet Histoires de vie désirant déborder le cadre didactique de mon rapport avec les immigrants. Je suis entrée dans ce projet enchantée de savoir qu’on donnait cette tribune de choix à des immigrants ne demandant souvent que d’avoir la chance de s’exprimer et de se raconter en tant qu’êtres humains porteurs d’une histoire.

"Personal" Stories

Our camera is being shipped, our fundraising is going well, and listening to our first interview has been incredibly insightful. As a side note, our last fundraising event gathered $886, all of which will go into refunding the school for the money that has been lent to us to buy a camera.

Listening to our Interview!

Alec and Noelia completed their very first interview with Mr. Smey over the weekend. We now have over two hours of audio footage. As a class, we gathered together to listen excitedly over what had been shared. We discussed reoccurring themes and silences. What was interesting about the interview was how impersonal it was. We were expecting that maybe he would be more emotional about something so traumatic. His nephew expressed surprise in an email he sent us soon afterwards; apparently his uncle had never spoken his story so openly before.

Getting Concrete: Making A Movie

As the Humanities Society continues its path of self exploration we have begun the fundraising section of our project. Without the funds to purchase a high quality camera, all of the work we have done up to date would be of no use. In order to raise the money we need, we have begun to undertake a number of different ventures around our school. The first fundraising operation we undertook was our bake sale. With the hard work of all of our members, we were able to make close to three hundred dollars, a huge success for an event where our most expensive item was only two dollars.

What We've Been Up To....

This week was important one to the direction of our project. After a two-week holiday and a bunch of unexpected and unwelcome surprises, the Humanities Society met for the first time to discuss how we would react to the new developments.

Things were looking glum. It was made clear that we probably wouldn’t be getting nearly as much interview footage with survivors as we had planned. On top of that, we were severely behind schedule and had a budget of… absolutely nothing. Big changes needed to be made quickly, and so they were.

Problem Solving