AUS Student Documentary About 2016 India Initiative Trip

On Friday October 7. 2016, Antioch University Seattle graduate and filmmaker Todd Kulczyk premiered India Initiative Experience: The Movie, a documentary about Antioch University Seattle’s 2016 India Initiative cultural immersion and service learning trip.

The first Antioch University Seattle service learning trip to India took place in the summer of 2014 and was offered to art therapy and drama therapy students. Participants were given an opportunity to engage their creative arts therapy training with people of all ages in India, including Tibetan refugees, working together on social justice-themed community art projects.

The second Antioch University Seattle cultural immersion and service learning trip to India took place just over a year-and-a-half later, in 2016. The 2016 cultural immersion and service learning trip included not only opportunities to practice creative arts therapy techniques in community art projects within Tibetan refugee communities, but also with the Charan Khad slum community mere weeks before its demise. 2016 India Initiative students also visited Panjab University, with which Antioch University Seattle has a Memorandum of Understanding. Panjab University has a renowned psychology department, which made it an especially salient academic community environment for our traveling students.

Much of this second trip to India was filmed, and that footage was recently edited into India Initiative Experience: The Movie. Because some of the people in the film are political refugees living in exile, for their safety the movie is not available for online distribution. It is only available internally, for the Antioch University Seattle community, such as the October 7 screening. Kulczyk has also provided some private screenings, upon request.

However, while the movie itself cannot become available online, some photographs from the trip ARE safe for online publication. Many of them are embedded in this news story.

For more information about our 2017 service learning and cultural immersion trips, which are still being planned, contact Angie Hoffpauir or Colin Ward.

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