2019 By Elijah J. Hermitt

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Documentary Film

Land and Water Revisited (Official Preview - 2019)

Teotihuacán Valley, México

Land and Water Revisited is a remake of the landmark 1961 documentary "Land and Water: An Ecological Study of the Teotihuacán Valley of México." This new film highlights the environmental challenges and the stories of adaptation by juxtaposing images from the original film with modern day images taken from the same vantage points. It is the story of the people of the Teotihuacán Valley and their relationship to their environment, which is changing drastically and rapidly due to the vast expansion of nearby Mexico City.

Land and Water Revisited (Official Trailer - 2018)

Teotihuacán Valley, México

In 1961, archaeologist William T. Sanders traveled to México’s Teotihuacan Valley to film a documentary based on his 1957 Harvard dissertation. The film, "Land and Water," provides an invaluable snapshot of agricultural and land-use practices in the area just prior to the urban explosion of México City. "Land and Water Revisited" seeks to go back to some of these same locations to document the changes through film.

Land and Water Revisited - February 2019 Highlight Reel

Teotihuacán Valley, México

These are the highlights of the February 2019 trip to the Valley of Teotihuacan. You'll see the fiesta of Purificación complete with fantastic firework displays, processions, and lots of food and community. The song comes from one of my favorite groups, Los Lobos, with their song "El Canelo." The people of the Teotihuacán Valley were incredibly gracious to let us be a part of these events.

Community, Survival, and the Art of Likker Makin'

Maggie Valley, NC

This anthropological documentary short examines the social and economic impacts of moonshine production in the Maggie Valley region of western North Carolina. In this region, the production of moonshine/unaged corn whiskey/likker is a vital cultural linchpin that connects everyone, no matter their background.

Penn State alumni on experiences of Black students in 1960's

State College, Pennsylvania

Penn State alumni Lisa Ramadass and Rodney Woodson describe the experiences of Black students during the Civil Rights Era. Woodson specifically recounts the day in 1968 that his fraternity found out their hero, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., had been assassinated. This project was created as part of the College of the Liberal Arts' 1968 Moments of Change program.

Photo by Elijah Hermitt