Kirsten Jahn

Project Background

This video was produced under the direction of the Canisius College Video Institute. I produced it along with four other students.

VIVE is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization which serves refugees, defined under the Geneva Convention of 1948, as "people who have a well-founded fear of persecution based on their race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or social group." VIVE assists world refugees seeking asylum both in the United States and in Canada.

VIVE operates La Casa, a shelter with 108 beds. VIVE provides food, shelter, clothing, healthcare and legal services to refugees as they await their appointment to enter Canada or their U.S. asylum hearing.

In 2007, VIVE provided services to over 3,500 individuals. Last year, over 70% of their shelter residents were women and children. Since its founding in 1984, VIVE has assisted over 63,000 refugees from over 106 countries.

Project Stats

Date Completed: December 2005

Equipment: Sony PD-150, Canon GL1

Software: Final Cut Pro, Livetype


2007 Silver Excalibur Award, Public Relations Society of America, Buffalo/Niagara Chapter