How can character-driven documentary film effectively shed light on complex social issues? How do the methods we use to observe the world shape the stories we tell? In this seminar in non-fiction film, we focus together on the Latinx/migrant communities in Trenton, working at the intersection of journalism and portraiture. We will bend to match the conditions–and compelling stories–of pandemic, building skills in research, production, and editing to make finished documentaries. Class includes readings, screenings, and discussion. We pay close attention to strategies of working with film subjects and the ethics of those relationships.