Stories of Home is a dynamic digital storytelling initiative developed by Berkeley-based StoryCenter in partnership with Wellness in Action, a program of the East Bay nonprofit Center for Empowering Refugees and Immigrants. Through storytelling, art-making, video production, and participatory media, the project empowers immigrants and refugees to explore their unique, personal narratives and memories of “home” as place, experience, belonging, and feeling. Since 2017 Stories of Home has produced more than 15 different films in their workshops, and in 2020 they expanded their filmmaking techniques to include virtual reality (VR).
In this program, we will screen both 2D and 3D (VR) stories from three inspirational women—refugees from Tibet, Bhutan, and Afghanistan and immigrants to the Bay Area—who participated in Stories of Home workshops. Each pair of films will be followed by a conversation with the storyteller and StoryCenter Artist-in-Residence Parul Wadhwa, a new media artist and immersive storyteller who developed the Stories of Home VR project and collaborated on each of the 3D stories. Total program 60 min.