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VIDEO: Changing Richmond

What change would you like to see in RVA? Richmonders offer their ideas.

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When I set out to make a video to accompany the 2013 Power List, I wanted to investigate power within the context of change. Calling someone powerful means little unless you can identify the change they're capable of creating.

I ventured out with a simple question: What change would you like to see in Richmond? It wasn't difficult getting people to open up — shoppers at the South of James Farmers' Market, East End youth at the Peter Paul Development Center, urban planners, lawyers, bus drivers, social workers and teachers. People's neighborhoods and situations reflected their answers. Farmers' market shoppers wanted attention given to green spaces and the James River; kids in the East End wanted less homelessness and violence; parents wanted better educational opportunities for their children.

Most people had a more difficult time answering the second question: Who has the power to create those changes? It's easier to see what's missing than to come up with a solution and the people behind that solution. Many interviewed acknowledged that there were things they could do — for some that meant holding people in power accountable, for others it meant taking a more active leadership approach.

I used people's voices against imagery of the city to give the sense that Richmond itself is speaking. At times I sped up footage to show that change is happening all around us all the time — even if we aren't aware of it — and to show that movement, especially collective movement, is a kind of power we're all a part of.

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