Center for Documentary Studies

Arts & Culture
12:36 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

The Forgotten Farmworkers

Former bracero worker Modesto Jurita holds a flyer commemorating the 68th anniversary of the 1942 arrival of workers in California.
Charlie Thompson

From 1942-1964 about five million Mexican guest workers were brought to the United States as part of a federal program to help with the post-war labor shortage.

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Arts & Culture
5:00 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Raleigh Play Gains New Resonance After Killings Of Unarmed Black Teens

Mike Wiley in Dar He.

This weekend, Triangle-based theater artist Mike Wiley will do several performances of his one-man play, "Dar He," at Raleigh's Little Theater. The play tells the story of the 1955 murder of Emmett Till, the 14-year-old Chicago boy, in Money, Mississippi. 

The play has taken on new resonance lately, with the killings of unarmed black teenagers such as Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown. Earlier this year, producer John Biewen tagged along as Wiley presented "Dar He" in Florida, not far from where Trayvon Martin lived and died almost half a century later.

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Sports
5:00 am
Sun May 25, 2014

Contested: National Radio Show Features Three Sports Stories From Durham, NC

A member of the Pop Warner football league, the Durham Eagles (NC)
Credit Center for Documentary Studies, Duke University

How much money does your family spend on sports? Do you spend hundreds each your on a traveling team for a middle schooler? Perhaps your child plays in more than one of these competitive leagues. How about a private conditioning coach? How much is too much?

There's an intriguing new project about the topic. It's called Contested, and it features families in Durham, NC.

>>Browse the multimedia site.

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The State of Things
11:46 am
Tue April 8, 2014

My White Friends

MG, Chicago, Illinois, 2009.
Myra Greene

Photographer Myra Greene spent years taking self portraits exploring her own black identity. But after sharing these photographs with a friend, she realized that not everyone thinks about race as much as she does. 

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The State of Things
11:38 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Film 'Not Yet Begun To Fight', Vets And Fly-Fishing, In Durham Thursday Night

Veterans learning to fly fish.
Credit Justin Lubke http://www.notyetbeguntofightfilm.com/?page_id=46

Retired Marine Colonel Eric Hastings used to dream about fly-fishing when he was in Vietnam. In 1969, he returned home to Montana and went quickly to the water. "I came back from combat and found I needed relief. And the more I was out there fly-fishing, the more I knew I needed more of it.  You know, this ... this river healed me," he says.

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The State of Things
11:23 am
Mon December 2, 2013

A Story: The Shortest Distance Between Two Points

Credit Christopher Sims, via CDSPorch.com

Wesley Hogan's interest in storytelling stretches back to her childhood. 

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The State of things
4:55 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Documentary Explores The Life Of Beatles Secretary

Credit Ryan White

Freda Kelly was a 17 year-old typist in Liverpool when she was asked to work for a band that would become legends: The Beatles. For eleven years, Kelly was a loyal friend and secretary to the group. For more than fifty years, Kelly stayed mum about her experiences, but a new documentary “Good Ol’ Freda,” spotlights her story and her time with The Beatles.

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The State of Things
11:56 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Tom Rankin Steps Down After 15 Years Leading CDS

Tom Rankin served as director of Duke's Center for Documentary Studies for 15 years.
Credit Duke University

The former director of Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies, Tom Rankin, stepped down after 15 years at the helm.

The Center has a mission of being at the crossroads of documentary work and academia. CDS started the Full Frame Festival — though it was called Double Take at the time. 

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The State of Things
11:03 am
Tue May 28, 2013

A Writer, A Musician And A Photographer Walk Into The Casbah...

Photo featured in "Lost and Found" -- from NC Museum of Natural Sciences collection-Piranga olivacea
Leah Sobsey Leah Sobsey

What happens when a writer, a musician and a photographer get together for a one-time performance at the Casbah in Durham? You'll have to show up to Professor Diablo's True Revue tonight at 8 p.m. to find out.

It's the brainchild of Durham writer Eric Martin. He got together with a friend at Duke's Center for Documentary Studies, and they realized that they didn't see many cross-disciplinary performances in the area. They started bringing together area artists for these unique performance.

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