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Academy Award-Winning Filmmaker Talks Peace With Mount Students

March 2, 2005--Academy Award-winning filmmaker Barbara Trent challenged students in the College's documentary storytelling class to become socially active and to question decisions about war during a February visit.

Trent, who won the Oscar in 1993 for The Panama Deception about the devastating aftermath of the 1989 U.S. invasion of Panama, spoke and screened her latest work as part of the Mount's Documentary Film and Social Justice program.

The documentary storytelling class taught by instructor Tad Chamberlain aims to help students tell compelling stories through documentary films.

Trent is co-founder and co-director of the Empowerment Project (, which produces documentary films and videos that are used to organize for social change and media reform. Trent is the group's primary spokesperson, lecturer, and workshop instructor at festivals, colleges, and universities around the world.

For more than 25 years, Trent has used her films to bring attention to how U.S. foreign policy and war can have horrible consequences in ways many Americans never imagined.




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