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Villanova Social Justice Documentary Wins Student Academy Award

Created and produced by 21 Villanova students, the documentary “Sanofka” captures the story of mental slavery and its negative systemic impact on black males around the world. Showing the complexities and parallels between men in the United States and Ghana, the movie explores the international presence of mental slavery. The group of Villanovans worked under the name Riptide Pictures, shooting on location in Ghana and the United States in the fall of 2017.

Riptide Pictures was formed in Communication professor Hezekiah Lewis’ Social Justice Documentary course. The class gives students the opportunity to create documentary films that spotlight contemporary social justice issues. The Social Justice Documentary course is made possible through the support of Villanova’s Waterhouse Family Institute for the Study of Communication and Society.

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“Sanofka” was recently announced as a winner in the 46th Student Academy Awards in the Documentary/Domestic Film Schools Category. This achievement marks the first Student Academy Award won by the University. The Villanova team will find out at the Student Academy Awards in Beverly Hills on October 17th whether they will receive a gold, silver or bronze medal placement in their specific category.


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