For my immigration project we had to make a video about the immigrant that we decided to interview and learn about. We were told to make a presentation/video on: Spark Adobe
The main challenge that I faced was trying to find a quiet space to recored my voiceover ether my brother was screaming at my mom or my sister was screaming at my opare or my dad was screaming at all of us there was never a quiet moment of silence. This angered me because my video was due the next day, it was 12:56 PM and I had no audio whatsoever. I decided to go outside and do my recording in the morning so I went out on the roof and there were birds chirping so for the rest of my audio I decided to have bird sounds in the background.
When I was making the video I felt self-conscious because personally I haven’t made very many videos before and I was getting judged on this one.
This is the Final Product:
Between the questions that I asked there were always an awkward moment of silence that both of us were continuously trying to cure. We could not stop the silence, it was just always there. When I was interviewing Gitta I found it very hard to get information out of her. I had to ask her multiple questions that only resulted in one. She seemed very self-conscious about her past. And did not want me to know much. But in the end I was satisfied by the amount of information that I got
My interview with Gitta Silverstein went very well. She remained calm and no tears were shed, at least she tried to hide them (which is good because most of the time when people talk about their past they cry and she did not.)
The experience of interviewing a Holocaust Survivor made me feel professional. The way she looked at me forced my mind and body to look back at her in a very present and focused way. At this point I felt more engaged and interested in the conversation than before and my mind started to play out the images she was describing and I experienced the pain and emotion she felt.
My questions took longer than I thought they would. I had to think of questions that kept the conversation going, also known as green light questions. These questions can not have an answer that is one word these questions have to be full sentences my questions were simple but I tried to make as many as I could green light here are some of them:
- Why did you leave your country?
- Can you tell me about the government in your homeland at the time?
- Did your age cause any problems from entering the US?
- Did you have to leave any family members behind? If so were you able to keep in touch with them?
- Was it hard leaving or exciting? What made it so?
- Describe your first day and days when arriving in the U.S.
- Was America what you expected? Better or worse?
- How has your life changed since you came to this country?
- If you had not immigrated, what do you think your life would be like today?
- Did you/ attend school in the US? If so what was it like for you?
- Describe your first job?
- What were some of your favore new foods?
- What do you miss most about your Homeland?
- How did you grow as a person throughout immigrating based off
- something that happened to you?
In Mrs. Edwards fifth grade class, Mrs Edwards is having her students interview an immigrant that immigrated to America from another country. Her students have to make a video on Spark Video (about the project.) My next-door neighbor is a Holocaust survivor and immigrated from Poland. The reason Gitta left Poland was because her mom was in the US and the rest of her family was murdered. Her dad had gone to try to find the family a hiding spot and never returned. Gitta was an only child and so it was just her and her mother. Gitta’s mother was terrified. Who wouldn’t be? If Gitta’s mother was scared then Gitta, a 3 year old little girl, must have been petrified.