Story+ Project

Student Action with Farmworkers Documentaries


Student Action with Farmworkers has been working with young activists to improve farmworker lives since 1992. Each year, SAF trains approximately 25 students on farmworker issues, and places them to work full-time with migrant education programs, legal aid offices, rural health clinics, community-based organizations and farmworker unions. In addition to this work, students conduct documentary projects with farmworkers to learn about their lives and to share with the public to raise awareness of farmworker issues. We have an incredible archive of almost 400 of these oral histories, photographs, audio recordings and videos that SAF students, the majority of whom are from farmworker families themselves, have conducted with farmworkers for the past 25 years. Students working on the SAF Story+ project will produce a series of short videos that share a representative selection of the themes we’ve heard in these oral history interviews with farmworkers. Our goal for the project is to produce 3-5 videos that we can share with our local communities and college campuses to educate consumers about the conditions farmworkers face and how people can take action for change in the agricultural system.

Project Tasks

  • Review our collection of audio oral histories (majority Spanish language), written transcripts, photographs and videos at the Duke Human Rights Archive.
  • Identify 3-5 themes that are representative of the collection.
  • Select oral histories excerpts and photographs that reflect those themes and edit into 2-3 minute videos, including narration as needed.
  • Type up transcript of text to be translated by SAF's translator. Add translated captions in English. Write a 1 paragraph description to go with each video.
  • Upload final videos and accompanying text to SAF Vimeo page.

Skills Needed (Updated Feb 9)

  • Fluency in Spanish and English - the team may be able to accept 1 student with less Spanish skills
  • Writing & organizational skills
  • Archival research - preferred, but training may be available
  • Audio and video editing - preferred, but training may be available

Special Supplemental Application Materials:

  • Edited audio and/or video projects
  • Writing samples
Project Sponsor(s): 

Joanna Welborn, SAF Communications Arts Director 

Student Action with Farmworkers


  • Oral History
  • Documentary
  • Human Rights
  • History