Salt Values Statement
The Salt Institute at MECA&D is committed to training storytellers to tell stories in a way that is equitable and inclusive. We also recognize that documentary has all too often reinforced the inequality present in our societies, rather than challenging it. Apart of our mission as storytellers and citizens, we are committed to transforming this field so that it reflects and amplifies a diversity of experiences, identities, and voices.
In order to better live these values, we consciously work to make Salt a community that directly rejects all forms of oppression, including racism, classism, and gender-based violence. We ask students and faculty alike to engage with issues of power and privilege, and we support documentarians and storytellers who challenge the status quo. We also acknowledge that this work is constant and ongoing, and vital to our shared future.
To quote from Yaa Gyasi’s novel, Homegoing: "We believe the one who has the power…. So when you study history, you must always ask yourself, 'Whose story am I missing? Whose voice was suppressed so that this voice could come forth?' Once you have figured that out, you must find that story too. From there, you begin to get a clearer, yet still imperfect, picture."
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