Rory Kennedy: "The Camera Doesn't Lie: Social Change Through Documentary Film Making"


Rory Kennedy

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Mills Godwin Jr. Building - Auditorium

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President's Lecture Series; Jacobson/Wallenberg Humanitarian Speaker


Rory Kennedy, an award-winning documentary filmmaker, discusses how she began her career as a filmmaker and provides an overview of clips from several of her films. Largely concerned with advocacy of social issues, she attempts to raise awareness of such problems as drug abuse, spousal abuse and poverty for a wide variety of viewers.

Kennedy's work focuses on pressing social concerns, including poverty, domestic abuse, drug addiction, human rights, AIDS and mental illness. Many of her films have appeared on the HBO, A&E, MTV and Lifetime networks. "American Hollow," a documentary about an Appalachian family caught between century-old tradition and the encroaching modern world, was broadcast on HBO's "America Undercover" series and received a Nonfiction Primetime Emmy Award nomination.

"Different Moms," a film about mentally handicapped parents raising their children, aired on Lifetime Television. Most recently, Kennedy directed and produced "Pandemic: Facing AIDS," which follows the lives of five people living with AIDS.

In addition to her film career, Kennedy is a social activist and human rights advocate. She has been a member of several Robert F. Kennedy Memorial human rights delegations. She is a graduate of Brown University with a bachelor's degree in women's studies.

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68:00 min


A 1/2" VHS copy of this lecture is available in the Special Collections & University Archives Department of Old Dominion University Perry Library. Call #: LD4331.A57 2004e

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