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Your Fellow Americans is an online documentary series, co-produced by KCPT’s Hale Center for Journalism and Brainroot Light & Sound, discussing race, immigration, and the American Dream with average Americans. New videos go live every Monday at youtube.com/yfamericans. Everyone is invited to join the conversation and share their feedback on the videos and their own American experience.
The videos will talk with “average Americans.” By this, we mean that we are going to avoid talking with journalists, professors, or media producers. We are going to focus on talking with people who are not paid to think about these issues everyday, because we want to learn if these issues actually have an impact on the normal, day-to-day lives of average Americans. We want to take the pulse of our nation at the start of this 21st century. We want to find out if the division and disunity that is shouted by the mainstream media actually exists. And we want to find out how people identify themselves. We want to ask them, “What makes you, you?”
The process of forming one’s identity involves decisions of inclusion and, more importantly, exclusion – what one is not. This process is often passive – provided by our community and environment. Your Fellow Americans will ask participants, and through them the viewers, how they identify themselves, how they believe that identify was formed, and how that identity differentiates them from other groups of Americans.
The series is about encouraging conversation. The hypothesis of the project is that viewers will find their assumptions about other groups of Americans to be inaccurate or incomplete. The hope is that viewers will discover that they have more similarities than differences with their fellow Americans. By engaging with the series, we want viewers to feel enabled and encouraged to discuss the sensitive subjects of racism, prejudice, and immigration in calm conversation. The webisode format allows people to enter into the conversation through any of the topical videos and it encourages audience participation by allowing viewers to engage topics which they find most compelling. By participating, we hope that viewers will be continually faced with this question, “Who are your fellow Americans?”
The Pilot Series
This six-month pilot series will join multiple generations of six different families as they discuss their American experience around the dinner table. We will learn how they identify themselves, why they identify that way, and what that identity both provides and costs them. Each family interviewed will result in four videos of 4-8 minutes in length, with one video being released online each Monday.
Marvita hails from Macon, GA, home of Otis Redding and James Brown, to name a few. Her family moved to Overland Park. Talk about culture shock! She adjusted to snow and being one of the few black students in the district. She attended an historically black college in Mississippi. Talk about culture shock! She adjusted again and eventually moved to Africa where she was a volunteer/consultant. Talk about culture shock!… With new respect for the US and different cultures, she’s back stateside – Talk about cultural exchange! Being part of Your Fellow Americans allows her to do just that.