Edwin Mah Film & Media Arts

Edwin Mah

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The Montgomery Coalition for Adult English Literacy (MCAEL) is an organization whose mission is to provide resources, training, collaborations, and advocacy to the many English proficiency providers in Montgomery County, Maryland. This project resulted in the production of an advocacy and fundraising video that could be used by MCAEL to advance their mission and bring much needed attention to the importance of English proficiency to the economic and social vibrancy of the community.

The rewarding aspect of completing this project was getting to know the community of people involved with English proficiency in Montgomery County. It was clear after conducting the interviews and photographing students in their classes that English proficiency is about more than learning a non-native language; it’s about dreams, hopes, and aspirations of immigrants and of our community. Learning English is a means to not just an end but also new beginnings in a life’s story.

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