This workshop is free and open to young filmmakers ages 19 – 35 with priority given to traditionally media-marginalized populations. Write us at for more info and sign up. Limited slots and signing up early is encouraged.

Social justice music videos combine the contagious power of music with compelling visuals to expose injustice and inspire potential allies into action. In this workshop we will explore case studies showing how such videos can prepare the ground for local organizing or turn a small campaign into a transnational sensation, bringing in key new allies that can shift the balance of power. Participants will also try their hand at impact planning and shooting their own music videos.

(Photo: Sofia Ashraf rapping in Kodaikanal Won’t)

This workshop is part of “ACTION! Cinema as Sanctuary” summer series. Program support provided by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Emily Hong is a Seoul-born and New York-raised feminist anthropologist, filmmaker, and co-founder of Rhiza Collective and EthnoCine Films. Emily has directed several collaborative films including Get By (2014), Nobel Nok Dah (2015), and For My Art (2016), which have explored issues of solidarity and labor, womanhood and identity in the refugee experience, and the gendered spectatorship of performance art. Her research, media projects, and activist engagements are largely rooted in Thailand and Burma, where she has spent over half a decade working as a trainer with minority and indigenous activists, and as a campaigner for Burma’s democracy movement-in-exile. Emily’s films and video installations have been screened in Athens, Chiang Mai, Lisbon, Paris, New York, and Yangon.

Emily also will screen her films Nobel Nok Dak and For My Art on August 4, Friday at 8PM at EPFC. For more info, please visit

ACTION! Cinema as Sanctuary

Political documentary films take on a renewed role amid a reinvigorated rage against immigrants, refugees, and people of color in many places around the world. Through politically engaged cinematic work, many filmmakers are confronting old and new forms of racism, the deepening ungrievability of Black and Brown lives, and precarious realities faced by minority communities including indigenous peoples, the elderly, refugees, women and children. ACTION! series: Cinema as Sanctuaryfeatures political documentary films that re-assert the images and stories that remind us that a compassionate world rooted upon solidarity, friendship, and collective action is possible.

June 2 The Native and the Refugee (with Matt Peterson and Malek Rasamny)
June 16 Pangandoy (with Hiyasmin Saturay)
July 7 Laps (with R.J. Lozada)
July 21 (TBD)
August 4 Nobel Nok Dah (with Emily Hong)

June 3 What is a Political Film? (with Matt Peterson and Malek Rasamny)
June 18 Making Films that Serve our Communities (with Hiyasmin Saturay)
July 9 Collaboration & Cocreation in Documentary Filmmaking (with R.J. Lozada)
July 23 (TBD)
August 6 Social Justice Music Videos (with Emily Hong)

Curated by Nerve Macaspac of the Echo Park Film Center (EPFC), with special support provided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Nerve is an award-winning filmmaker and a PhD candidate at UCLA Geography Department. His research focuses on community-led spatial strategies in protecting vulnerable civilian lives.


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