Documentary History Project for Youth Vol. 3 - "Todo El Mundo Dance"

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2000 Documentary History Project for Youth

Documentary History Project for Youth Price:

Higher Education Institutions & Government Agency DVD | $139.00
K-12 & Public Libraries DVD | $79.00
Home Video DVD License – Restrictions Apply | $20.00



Scribe Video Center Program:

The Documentary History Project for Youth (DHPY) is an annual after-school, weekend and summertime digital media production workshop for middle and high school students. Each year, youth participants create short documentary films as a way to explore some aspect of the social, political and cultural history of Philadelphia. 


DHPY Students: John Delancey (Frankford High School), Venture Lee (William Penn High School), Amina Ekpaji (Thomas Middle School), Llanira Esteves  (Kensington High School), Charles Woodward, Jr (Barratt Middle School ), and Francisco Echevarria (Woodrow Wilson High School)


Instructors: Nadine Patterson and Joan Huckstep


Film Summary:

This short but lively doc produced by Scribe Video Center's annual Documentary Youth History Project explores the rich history of social dance in Philadelphia's African American and Latino communities. Get swept off your feet at debutante balls where young African American women have been introduced to society for generations with an elaborate waltz. Check out foot moves in Latino salsa on the dance floor. March to the drumming in the street during the Nigerian-themed Odunde Festival. Or just sample a preschool bunny hop or a hip-hop inspired breakdance session.

Colorful interviews with renowned area professional and amateur dancers like hip-hop choreographer Rennie Harris and a Parking Authority supervisor who dances his troubles away several nights a week provide a rich social and political underpinning for why Philadelphians just "gotta dance!"



September 14, 2000 | El Hispano newspaper

September 15, 2000 | "Documentary Chronicles Importance of Dance," by Kimberly C. Roberts, The Philadelphia Tribune

September 15, 2000 | "WHYY Premieres Scribe Video Center's Documentary Youth History Video Project, "Todo El Mundo, Dance!'" The Philadelphia Tribune


Public Screenings, Broadcasts and Festivals: 

March 25, 2000 | Premiere screening at Youth Media Jam I, held at the Prince Music Theater (Philadelphia, PA)

May 2, 2001 | Festival of Independents screening as part of the Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema (Philadelphia, PA)

September 18, 2000 | Broadcast on WHYY TV-12 (Philadelphia, PA)

2001 - 2002 | Council on Foundations Film & Video Festival (multiple cities)

October 15-17, 2001 | Council on Foundations Family Foundations Conference (Vancouver, Canada)

February 6-8, 2002 | Council on Foundations Community Foundations Conference (New Orleans, LA)


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