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Published on May 25, 2016
"Several years ago, I was involved in an experimental program that offered a yearlong college course of study in the Humanities to people with great dreams but limited means. It's a richly diverse population of adult learners. "What fascinated me as much as anything were the stories that spilled out of these students before and after class. Stories of being homeless, of living with domestic violence, of addiction, and of being a refugee of war. These stories were deeply compelling and needed to be told. These voices deserved to be heard. And so, without any prior knowledge of how to make documentary films, I promised these students I would help them tell these stories. I did not want these students to be invisible or forgotten. 'Humanities in Focus' was born from these conversations, and in 10 years we've made over 60 short documentary films focused on social justice issues. As one student said, 'We have let loose the hounds, and there is no turning back now.'" –Jeff Metcalf, Distinguished Professor of English; Founder and Director of "Humanities in Focus"'