Daliah Bernstein Optional Assignment

At first, when thinking about location, I thought of it as where I literally was. Whether it was in my dorm at Muhlenberg College or the bagel store in my hometown, I always thought location was a physical thing. However, Robert Coles opened my eyes to location in documentary and I realized that it is a very broad term that is not limited to physical space, but emotional, social and mental as well. Coles talks about the way people are brought up and the privileges that go along with it in his novel, Doing Documentary Work. I believe that location not only ties with how I grew up, but how my parents grew up as well, especially my mother. Their experiences dictate how they are going to raise me and my siblings. For example, my mother did not have the best relationship with my grandmother. Therefore, when having kids of her own, she made sure to have a stronger relationship with me instead of a strained one. She definitely succeeded. Because I have such a close relationship with my mom, I want to make sure that my future children have that with me too, and so on and so forth. I also grew up with privileges. Similar to Elizabeth Barret in Stranger with a Camera, I was fortunate to obtain an education, go on vacation and purchase warm, sometimes fashionable clothes. With this class, I have learned to not only embrace my location, but the location of others. It has made me more empathetic and less oblivious. Seeing the location of others, for example in the film Agents of Change, inspires me to help speak out and give a voice to the voiceless. I have grown up with an affinity for theatre. In my documentary, that definitely shines through. My passion for theatre mixes with the story of how the Center for the Arts became what it was. Since it is a topic I care about, I am focused on fairly doing justice to the history. I hope Robert Coles is proud of me!

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