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100 Projects for Peace

Alexandra Sams ‘18 has been awarded the Davis World Scholars 100 Projects for Peace Prize

For her project entitled: 

Advancing Voices of Ladakhi Youth through Media Literacy and Film –Documentation for Peace

Description of her project: Alexandra will be working in India along with Local Futures, an international organization that promotes economic localization and indigenous cultural resilience.  Local Futures has been working in Ladakh for over forty years to foster in-depth intercultural dialogue and debate – amongst Ladakhis, non-Ladakhi Indians, and foreigners – about the negative effects of globalization and development.

Local Futures plans to conduct a ‘media literacy’ workshop this summer, in partnership with other local organizations including Flowering Dharma, a student-run organization focused on spiritual education and cultural preservation, and the Ladakh Arts and Media Organization (LAMO), which is dedicated to building an alternative, locally-rooted arts and media community in Ladakh.

The trajectory of this project is to follow up Local Futures’ media literacy workshop with a filmmaking intensive for a group of interested Ladakhi youth. We will encourage participating youth to communicate how they view the intrusion of corporate media and screen culture into their lives. The participants will produce independent short films of two to ten minutes, individually or in groups, exploring different aspects of the issue. The films will be presented at a small film festival, which will feature group discussions intended to create analytical dialogue around corporate media and screen culture, and which will kick off a series of screenings at schools and universities throughout Ladakh (and possibly other parts of India).

100 Projects for Peace an initiative for all students at the Davis United World College Scholars Program schools to design their own grassroots projects for peace that they themselves will implement anywhere in the world during the summer of 2013. Through a competition on over 85 campuses, 100 projects were selected for funding at $10,000 each. The objective is to encourage and support today’s motivated youth to create and tryout their own ideas for building peace in the 21st century.

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