The Long Shadow of Incarceration’s Stigma, 2012
The stigma of incarceration has created nearly insurmountable obstacles that deny millions of Americans the essential components of full citizenship and successful lives, including housing, employment, access to college, the right to vote, and public benefits. The Think Outside the Cell Foundation is working to end the stigma and—through personal development, storytelling and other creative approaches—help the incarcerated, the formerly incarcerated and their families to create their own opportunities. It is long past time to challenge the wholesale marginalization of those who live in the long shadow of incarceration and criminal conviction.
The Inner Wounds of War, 2010
In 2005, an explosion from an IED blasted through Ret. Sgt. Juan Arredondo’s vehicle while he was on patrol in Iraq. Suffering from the loss of a hand and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Juan’s return to civilian life and the challenges he and other vets face are explored in four compelling segments.
Living Your Subjects, 2010
In the multimedia video Living Your Subjects, photojournalist Ed Kashi discusses his journey from chronicling aging Baby Boomers to documenting his own aging father-in-law. Through Ed’s narrative words and compelling still images, Living Your Subjects provides an intimate look at what happens when one photographer’s professional work overlaps with his personal life.
India’s Fast Lane to the Future, 2008
Former Indian Prime Minister Vajpayee once said, “Normally, roads have some potholes. In my constituency, the potholes have some roads.” That was the case before his government embarked on a National Highway Development Program. When completed, the new Golden Quadrilateral Highway will connect India’s major cities, accelerating its economy into the 21st century, and challenging its ties to the past. This half-hour documentary originally appeared in five chapters on National Geographic Magazine’s website. India’s Fast Lane to the Future provides an intimate look at the country’s new expressway and its effects on India. Through Ed Kashi’s vibrant photographs of highway construction, Indian rituals, high-tech factory workers, over-worked truck drivers, and the growing middle class, this film captures India’s conflict between the old and the new.
CeaseFire Chicago (recently renamed Cure Violence) works with community-based “interrupters” to reduce and prevent shootings and killings. To gain intimate access to a highly-charged environment, we worked with a photo-journalist to capture the story through still photographs and ambient sound and interviews on the streets.
The Sandwich Generation, 2008
The Sandwich Generation, those caught between their aging parents and young children, includes some 20 million Americans.
In this emotionally charged account of family caregiving, filmmaker Julie Winokur and her husband, photojournalist Ed Kashi, expose their personal lives with unflinching candor. Winokur and Kashi uprooted their two children and their business in order to move 3,000 miles cross-country to care for Winokur’s father, Herbie.
At 83, Herbie suffers from dementia and can no longer live alone. Winokur and Kashi are faced with difficult choices and overwhelming responsibility as they charge head on through their Sandwich years. It is a story of love, family dynamics and the immeasurable sacrifice of those who are caught in the middle.
Living with Herbie, 2008
Iraqi Kurdistan Flipbook, 2006
Today, in the northern region of the country known as Iraqi Kurdistan, a federally-recognized parliamentary democracy has since taken hold. The violence has stopped, and the Kurdish people have been able to set roots down again in secure, stable lives.
In 2005, photojournalist Ed Kashi spent seven weeks in the region on assignment for National Geographic making thousands of photographs of daily life across many segments of the population. Edited together in a rapid, filmic succession, the images create a collage-like portrait of a peaceful region that is full of promise, even as it sits so near an ongoing war.
Friends for Life, 2005
Warren DeWitt was a 76-year-old unmarried gentleman who lived alone. 90-year-old Arden Peters was struggling to care for his Alzheimer’s-stricken wife. When the two men met over breakfast at a local Wal-Mart one morning, they struck up a friendship that would ultimately ease the burden of old age for both of them.
Friends for Life is an excerpt of “Aging in America: The Years Ahead,” a groundbreaking, many-faceted film by multimedia innovators Ed Kashi and Julie Winokur. In it, they explore the various challenges faced by the fastest-growing segment of the American population. As Arden says, “When you get this old you don’t look forward — you just live day to day.”
Aging in America, 2003
Aging in America: The Years Ahead is a journey across the topography of aging in search of what it means to have a “good old age”. This film traverses the experience of our elders from the wellderly to the elderly, as told through a series of intimate vignettes of people who are living the new old age. Through their stories, we laugh and cry as they celebrate their freedom, apply their wisdom, and suffer the consequences of their bodies’ limitations.
This film and its companion book are the result of seven years of fieldwork by the internationally-acclaimed team of writer Julie Winokur and photographer Ed Kashi. They traveled across the country, collecting scores of personal histories that, when taken collectively, challenge the culture of aging in America.