Participatory Photography at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema
All of the participants in the WIFE are in their early twenties, pursuing their first undergraduate degree at the MHSoC.
Six out of ten are Francophone. Everyone can speak at least two languages. Eight are from Quebec, and four participants’ families reside in Montreal. Only three participants identify themselves as people of color. In terms of economic resources, the majority of participants (80%) are financing their university education through family members’ contributions and personal income from part-time and summer jobs.
The in-depth interviews also show that most of these women (80%) first learned about film production in cinema or video classes at CEGEP or in high school. They were inspired to apply for film schools largely due to their early positive experiences with student filmmaking, which brought them fulfillment, friendship, awards, and even employment opportunities. At the MHSoC, these women sought out fun and spontaneity in university projects but had to grapple with new meanings and standards of ‘filmmaking.’
A break from cinema
She is my co-worker, and she was also in one of the Concordia student movies…