Documentary Workshop and Service Initiative

Ladakh Program for Summer 2018:


The Speak Trauma Foundation and The American University of Sharjah (AUS) in collaboration with Crooked Trails, Travel with a Purpose announce a three-week summer study abroad program to Ladakh, India, which includes documentary training workshops as part of a volunteer service collaborating with marginalized peoples.

Ladakh, or “Little Tibet” as it is known, is a wildly beautiful desert region high in the Western Himalayas. It is a place of few resources and an extreme climate, yet it has been home to a thriving culture for more than a thousand years. Leh presents a mesmerizing blend of Buddhist and Muslim cultures.

In this unique program, working in collaboration with local Ladakhi participants, you will learn about and document social, environmental, and cultural facets of Ladakh.

The journey will begin in Delhi and then we will fly to Leh, the Capitol of Ladakh. Here we will meet with local Ladakhis who are interested to learn more about using film and photography to tell their story. Each group will collaborate with one of the following grassroots organizations working on climate change, native arts, irrigation and contemporary Ladakh, society and environment. Then you will participate in documentary workshops and receive hands-on experience in producing visual projects. The collaborative projects will then be exhibited at an exhibition in Leh at the end of the program. The documentary workshops will be instructed by Professor Susan Smith, who has produced over 40 documentaries and currently teaches Documentary production at the American University of Sharjah.

Dates: June 19 – July 8  Deposits for the program are required by March 15.

There are three options to choose from in order to participate in this program.

  • Option 1: If you are a student wanting to take the program for credit contact AUS, please email Susan Smith for more details.
  • Option 2: If you are an AUS alumni wanting to do a study abroad program, please email Susan Smith for more details.
  • Option 3: If you are not associated with AUS and want to participate in this program contact Crooked Trails.