Brooks South Africa Documentary Project Premiere: 'Today I Will Not Lie'

April 4, 2013

Brooks Institute's 2012 documentary class invites you to the premiere of "Today I Will Not Lie" on Thursday, April 4, at The Marjorie Luke Theatre in Santa Barbara. The screening begins at 6 p.m. and will be followed by an Artist Reception at 7 p.m. at Brooks Institute's Gallery 27 (27 E. Cota St. in Santa Barbara), where the gallery exhibit will run through May 30. Watch the video below for a preview of what the students experienced on their trip.

"Today I Will Not Lie" also debuts at Visions Gallery (2055 E. Harbor Blvd. in Ventura) on April 18. The Artist Reception begins at 5 p.m.

These premieres are the culmination of months of work that began last fall for the documentary class, one of various opportunities Brooks students have to study abroad. In September and October 2012, 13 students - representing the Visual Journalism, FilmProfessional Photography and Graphic Design programs - spent six weeks in South Africa with Visual Journalism instructor Anacleto Rapping chronicling the people, life and culture of the region. Since then, they've been working on several projects to document their trip, including a website, multi-media presentation, print exhibits and a DVD.

Each year, Brooks Institute offers this documentary trip in a different international location, which in recent years has included Vietnam, Chile, France, India and Ireland. Students must apply to participate and are selected based on a solid understanding of photographic story-telling, the ability to work independently, and who reflect sensitivity to their roles as ambassadors. Get the full story behind this year's trip from the participants themselves on the Brooks documentary blog.