Announcing Groundwork – A Video Series About the Fight For Justice in the Birthplace of America

Announcing MMP’s newest and most ambitious film project to date – Groundwork: Justice in the Birthplace of America.  Groundwork is a documentary series that highlights the story of how people change when we stand up for what’s right.
Groundwork is about every day people and the nitty-gritty practice of building a movement and becoming a leader.  5 short documentaries show the plight and the fight of 5 movement leaders standing up for justice in Philadelphia and around PA.
Check out to see the shorts and find out more about the series! And follow the the Groundwork Facebook Page here!
Director’s Statement:
“I’ve spent 6 years producing grassroots documentary stories with the Media Mobilizing Project because I believe change happens from the bottom up. Groundwork is the story of a few of the many unsung heroes around us who give me real hope that we can create a better future. They are people who refuse to accept their circumstances of poverty, discrimination and marginalization. Groundwork is an exploration of the experience of fighting for justice, and of how that experience transforms people. It’s about the process of change that you go through when you know your community has your back.
We produced Groundwork in order to make the practice of fighting for justice more transparent. Too many stories about social movements begin with the ending – we hear only about the culminating moments of victory or mass protest. Groundwork is about the beauty and power that’s in the beginning. We hope to not only inform, but inspire, by making the nuts and bolts of building a movement accessible and visible.
Groundwork is also about regular people. Rather than putting leaders on a pedestal, this film shows their full humanity – their fears, their humour, their daily struggles, and the experiences that build their commitment. What makes a single mom risk her job? How does an eighth grader become an organizer?
The process of producing Groundwork is a reflection of the organizing portrayed in the film. Each storyline was produced in deep collaboration with the organizations portrayed, by a collective of independent media makers of different backgrounds, many of whom have deep ties to the issues portrayed. This film was not created by any one person, rather, it is the product of many people working together, just like the movements portrayed in the film.”
-Milena Velis