Digital Diaspora Family Reunion Company Profile
Digital Diaspora Family Reunion (DDFR) is a multimedia community engagement initiative where individuals are encouraged to explore the rich and revealing historical narratives found within their own family photograph collections. The highlight of the initiative includes a touring DDFR Roadshow (http://ddfr.tv/introducing-digital-diaspora-family-reunion/58) that activates family photographic archives; DDFR.tv (http://ddfr.tv), an online web portal that creates community across time and space; and the DDFR SocialNet (http://ddfrsocialnet.ning.com/), a user-generated-content driven social community where people can upload and share their family photographs and stories. This important and timely project provides a gathering place where all these lost, neglected and discarded shards of history can be used to educate, illuminate and entertain (http://ddfr.tv/jazz-giant-jimmy-heath-visits-with-ddfr-louis-armstrong-house-museum/5314). DDFR Roadshows combine public media screenings and community photo sharing sessions, culminating in a Grand Finale event (http://ddfr.tv/brooklyn-college-roadshow-grand-finale/7679), to reveal the fullness of Who We Are and the hidden history of a community as told by the images and stories of the people who live there. Digital Diaspora Family Reunion activates personal family photographs and the stories behind them to create community and celebrate shared values, demonstrating that what unites us is greater than our differences. DDFR has received support from, among others, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Rockefeller Foundation New York City Cultural Innovation Fund, Nathan Cummings Foundation, CrossCurrents Foundation and National Black Programming Consortium.