June 3, 2022

Manchester Community College students Bol Nakdimo, Arianna Kelly, Paraskevi Lykoudi, Achot Nakdimo and David Bilodeau collaborated with Ahlyvia Parker, a student from Great Bay Community College, on “I Am Only Helping” as part of the UNH “HUGEmanities” Film Contest in May. The film may be viewed at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6S7_pq10zM.

Students were supported by the MCC Humanities program, and they got their start in the MCC Introduction to Film class and continued their work in Ethics, Speech, Comp and Communications classes. The next Introduction to Film class will be this summer online on Wednesday evenings starting June 15th.

Comments from the judges for this year’s contest include, “This project told one of the truths of mental illness in an innovative way that made the content both accessible and artistically rich. Establishing mental illness as a character within the storyline demonstrated real narrative skill and creativity. This moving video depicts the personal experience of a mental health crisis, showing others they are not alone. The creativity of personifying inner monologue and the real resources provided to help those in crisis made this a meaningful and innovative project.”

This is the third year that UNH has invited CCSNH students to enter the Film Contest. Last year two MCC students (Iain Connor and Cassidy Motolla) won Honorable Mention awards for their films and the year before Matt Quinney had two winning films taking first place honors.

Learn more about the Film Contest at https://mypages.unh.edu/hugemanities/big-contest.