Documentary Trip: South Africa

Every year, Brooks Institute leads a group of students abroad on an international documentary trip for about seven weeks of photographing, filming and reporting on a foreign culture. The students spend the second half of the semester back on campus in California, producing visual media projects that include photo essays, a short documentary film, a book, a website and gallery exhibitions.

In the fall of 2012, faculty member Anacleto Rapping accompanied 13 Brooks students to South Africa. “I wanted the students to get to the next level of their visual storytelling, to push the edges of their social consciences as they documented the people and places they encountered,” Rapping said.

The resulting multi-platform project, “Today I Will Not Lie,” explores the challenges South Africans have faced since the end of the apartheid era and their openness and hope for the future in the face of adversity.

Watch the full documentary the students filmed and produced below.

All Brooks Institute students are encouraged to apply for these travel abroad studies, which is an elective option in all of our degree programs: Professional Photography, Graphic DesignFilm and Visual Journalism. Criteria for selection for these opportunities include including cGPA, interviews, portfolio and references. Travel abroad students remain enrolled in Brooks Institute and receive academic credit while traveling.

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