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Alumni community reach stretches from India to home in Los Angeles to the Himalayan foothills. India photo (left) by Gavin Heller; tree tag photo by Matt Meindl; and rowboat photo by Ankur Poseria.

Near and Far Ahead

April 28, 2014

In India, Jasneet Aulakh finds her aunt’s seat in the village government isn’t what she thought. In Los Angeles, Paul Cummins helps Lisa thrive after her abusive childhood. Ankur Poseria, who travels to the…

Filmmaker Phillip Rodriguez (left), USC Dornsife professor George Sanchez and Thomas Saenz, president of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, hold up a <em>Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle</em> poster. Photo by Gus Ruelas.

Man in the Middle

October 15, 2013

The complex story of Ruben Salazar was brought to life last month at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism during a packed screening of a documentary directed and produced by USC Annenberg fellow Phillip…

General Francisco "Pancho" Villa on horseback, during the Mexican Revolution, 1914. Villa is part of the PBS series <em>Latino Americans</em> in which USC Dornsife's George Sanchez participated. Courtesy of Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division.

Latino Americans on PBS

September 16, 2013

At the start of the Great Depression, Amelia Casteñada’s father lost his job as a stonemason and her family struggled. She had just celebrated her First Holy Communion when her mother died of tuberculosis in 1934.…

Emma Roll shoots footage for her ethnographic film "They Come in Waves." The documentary explores how surf tourism is affecting beach communities throughout Latin America.

Reel Life

September 12, 2011

A year of hard work came to an exciting culmination Friday, Sept. 9, as nine students in the Master of Arts in Visual Anthropology (MVA) program in USC Dornsife debuted the ethnographic documentary films they spent the past 12…

Senior Jake Bloch created the documentary "Awe" for his religion honors thesis in USC Dorsife. The film investigates and merges scientific theories and religious pursuits. Photo courtesy of Jake Bloch.

An Awe-Inspiring Film

May 12, 2011

Senior Jake Bloch grew up seeing religion and science mixed together — right on his father’s bookshelf. Books by Alfred North Whitehead sat side by side with those by Albert Einstein, along with Houston Smith…

Indigenous woman in Cusco, Peru, who appears in the PBS documentary <em>When Worlds Collide</em>. Photo credit Mitchell Wilson.

When Worlds Collide

September 22, 2010

What is the legacy of Spanish colonialism in the Americas and how does it still affect Latin America and Latinos in the United States today? This question is raised in the upcoming PBS documentary When Worlds Collide: The…

Monika Hertwig, daughter of Nazi Amon Goeth, stands near the villa at the Plaszow Concentration Camp, where her parents lived during WWII. Goeth was camp commandant and personally tortured and killed countless Jews. Hertwig and her meeting with Helen Jonas, who survived Goeth's wrath, is chronicled in the documentary, <em>Inheritance</em>. Photo credit Don Holtz.

Taking a Vow to be Heard

September 8, 2009

In James Moll's documentary Inheritance, the daughter of Nazi Amon Goeth and one of his victims return to Goeth's villa in Poland more than a half century after the sadistic camp commandant was hanged for war crimes. There,…

Holocaust survivors Zlata and Haim Mednik silently eat dinner inside their Ukrainian home.

Shedding Light on History's Darkest Hours

February 25, 2009

Inside a Ukrainian home, a large clock hangs on a wall. The floral wallpaper is peeling and white lace curtains adorn a window. Zlata and Haim Mednik sweep the curtains aside to watch the snow fall while eating their bowls of…

Sergey Bukovsky, director of "Spell Your Name"

Spell Your Name

February 17, 2009

The Los Angeles premiere of "Spell Your Name," a feature-length documentary film about the Holocaust in Ukraine produced by Steven Spielberg and Victor Pinchuk, will take place Sunday, Feb. 22, at USC’s Ellen Norris…