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March 16, 2016

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The winners of the PDN Storytellers contest have been announced. This new photo contest “provides a platform for narrative photography, from documentarians bringing important context to contemporary history, to photographers finding interesting stories to tell in their own backyard.”
 
Among the winners two Talking Eyes Media (TEM) films were awarded in the multimedia category. Both of the winning films, “Notes for My Homeland” and “We Came and Stayed”, are part of the ongoing collaborative project between VII Photo Agency, Rutgers University – Newark and TEM, called Newest Americans. Newest Americans is  “a multimedia collaboratory of journalists, media-makers, artists, faculty and students telling the stories that radiate from the most diverse university in the nation. Based in Newark, NJ, a city shaped by migration, our project affords a glimpse into the world of the newest Americans and a vision of our demographic future.”

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Photo by Ed Kashi/VII

 
“Notes for My Homeland” by Julie Winokur and Ed Kashi (VII), is a short film about Malek Jandali. “In response to the tragedies wrought by the Assad regime, Syrian-American composer Malek Jandali writes music that unites people, performing it at great personal risk.”

Photo by Ashley Gilbertson/VII

Photo by Ashley Gilbertson/VII

 
“We Came and Stayed” by Katharine Garrison and Ashley Gilbertson (VII) centers around Newark’s mayor, Ras Baraka. “In the 1990s, the Krueger-Scott Cultural Center in Newark, New Jersey, undertook an ambitious oral history project that conducted over 120 interviews with African American Newarkers who had migrated to the city from 1910-1970. One of the interviews in the collection is with Coyt Jones, grandfather of the current mayor of Newark, Ras Baraka. Theirs is the first in a series of stories, titled “We Came and Stayed,” about families who migrated to Newark.”

Watch the films and see more of the winners here: bit.ly/1RObcaB

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