Policing Surveillance: A YPRPT Documentary Series 
Image from The Block Museum of Art
Policing Surveillance: A YPRPT Documentary Series Image from The Block Museum of Art

The partnership between Evanston Township High School and Northwestern University continues to enhance learning opportunities for ETHS students in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM).

Recent ETHS graduates Eliana Chandra, Yuzuka Komiyama-Kasai, Jazminé Morrow, and Izadorius Tortuga had their documentaries presented online at the Policing Surveillance: a YPRPT Documentary Series on June 17, followed by a live panel discussion with the student filmmakers.

Organized by the Block Museum of Art, the documentary series is produced by students of the Young People’s Race, Power, and Technology (YPRPT) project. YPRPT is an afterschool program developed in partnership with community organizations, including the Northwestern/ETHS Partnership Office and Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy. The focus is to bring students and community members together to jointly investigate the ethical and social dimensions of specific law enforcement technologies such as facial recognition and gang databases.

The three documentaries were “Targeted” (filmmakers: David Lewis, Jessica Rodriguez and Izadorius Tortuga); “Racial Recognition” (filmmakers: Yuzuka Komiyama-Kasai and Gregory Voelkel) and “Melting Ice” (filmmakers: Eliana Chandra and Jazminé Morrow)