The Aftermath Project

Storytelling in a Post-Journalism World: Sara Terry at TEDxNashville

February 01, 2015

Two colliding trends -- the decline of traditional journalism outlets and the ever-increasing glut of meaningless information triggered by the internet age -- trigger new opportunities for storytelling. One of mankind's oldest ways of building community and preserving identity, storytelling is the loom that weaves information into knowledge. What are the values that anchor meaningful storytelling? What is the importance of visual literacy in the 21st century version of this tradition?

Sara Terry made a mid-career transition into documentary photography and filmmaking after nearly two decades of work as an award-winning print and public radio reporter. Since that time, her work has focused mainly on post-conflict issues. Her long-term project about the aftermath of Bosnia's war, "Aftermath: Bosnia's Long Road to Peace" led her to found The Aftermath Project, a non-profit which supports photographers covering the aftermath of conflict and creates publications and curriculum on post-conflict and visual literacy issues. Her first documentary, "Fambul Tok," about an unprecedented grass-roots forgiveness program in Sierra Leone, was supported by the Sundance Documentary Institute and premiered at SXSW Film Festival in 2011. She was named a 2012 Guggenheim Fellow in photography for her current long-term project, "Forgiveness and Conflict: Lessons from Africa." 

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