Filmmakers From Qatar Visit the MCDM

The news regarding the MCDM is indeed spreading. I met with a group of filmmakers from Qatar yesterday as they identify and visit various “hot-spots” for digital story telling and documentary.

These visitors are in the United States under the auspices of the Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program. Their program is arranged by World Learning Visitor Exchange Program and the World Affairs Council.  They outlined their objectives to me as follows:

• To gain an overview of documentary filmmaking and the independent filmmaking community in the US;
• To explore institutions that provide training, professional development, and support to filmmakers;
• To examine documentary film as a form of free speech and as a voice in public discourse on social, political, and cultural issues; and
• To observe how film festivals bring the filmmaking community together and support the development and distribution of independent films.

It is gratifying to know that the message about our good work is making its way around the globe as we prepare our curriculum and position our activities to better serve a “glocal” (global/local) constituency.Qatar

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