Community Justice Project and Oolite Arts, will host the second annual “Pass the Mic: We Will Tell Our Stories” film screening July 22. This year’s films were developed with a model of participatory storytelling through which Miami’s community experts drive narratives and share their stories through the lenses of local filmmakers. The free event begins at 7 p.m. at the Little Haiti Cultural Center. RSVP is required here.
“Storytelling is powerful and it is necessary that we democratize who gets to tell the stories of Miami-Dade,” said Nadege Green, Director of Community Research and Storytelling at Community Justice Project. “When we consider the issues our communities face, we have to amplify the voices of the people directly experiencing these challenges and fighting for justice in Miami-Dade.”
According to Green, the Miami-based Community Justice Project will use the films to engage more people in finding solutions for these challenges and build collective power locally as the organization continues working with community-led movements.
Oolite Arts, the Miami-Beach arts incubator that works to advance the careers of Miami-based artists, believes that filmmakers have an important role to play in communities. “The arts can play a powerful role in the search for social justice,” said Dennis Scholl, president and CEO of Oolite Arts. “Real stories, like the ones told through ‘Pass the Mic’ can cause you to see the world in a different way and move people to action.”