Social Justice Projects

It Gets Better

It Gets Better is a documentary created by the Gay Straight Coalition at Villanova University. The goal of this project is to communicate to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students that face harrasment that "it gets better".

Coming Off the DL

A Documentary short about students who are changing the way people see ability, this film was created by students in the Social Documentary Film class and has won multiple awards.

Social Documentary Films

Social Documentary Films created by Villanova Documentary film students are under the direction of Stephen McWilliams and John O'Leary. Students select topics on social issues, write, film and produce the film during a class semester.

Beyond These Walls

Mar 12, 2012

A Villanova University Center for Social Justice Documentary Film that tells the story of students at Overbrook School for the Blind in Philadelphia.
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The Price of Life

May 12, 2009

NBC10 @ Issue on May 10, 2009, Segment 2 of 4 Robert Childs, subject of "The Price of Life", and Dr. John O'Leary Villanova University faculty and advisor to the Documentary film students, talk with Steve Highsmith about the student documentary "The Price of Life" and the social issues surrounding the film.

Out of the Shadows

May 3, 2012

"Out of the Shadows" (2012), a short documentary written, produced, and directed by ten students in Villanova University's Social Justice Documentary Program tells the story of Fernanda Marroquin, a 22-year-old woman living in Philadelphia, dealing with the hidden realities of being an undocumented immigrant.

Price of Life

May 12, 2009

NBC10 @ Issue on May 10, 2009, Segment 3 of 4 Margaux LaPointe, director, and J.D. Durkin, Unit Production Manager, two of the student filmmakers talk with Steve Highsmith about their documentary "The Price of Life" and the social issues surrounding the film.

Conferences, Lectures and Guest Speakers

Conferences, lectures and guest speakers on campus have addressed social teaching and justice topics.

Dead Man Walking The Journey Continues

Mar 30, 2009

A discussion with Sister Helen Prejean, CSJ, the author of Dead Man Walking, highlighted a two-day conference at Villanova University focusing on Catholic social teaching and criminal justice.

US Military Intervention in Iraq: Cost and Consequences

Apr 29, 2013

"The Center for Arab and Islamic Studies present Ambassador Edward W. Gnehm Kuwait Professor of Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Affairs & Director of the Middle East Policy Forum, The George Washington University, speaking on the "US Military Intervention in Iraq: Cost and Consequences""