Director, Silence Speaks StoryCenter
Amy Hill is a trainer and consultant on the ethics and practice of strategic storytelling and participatory media for gender justice and human rights. After spending 12 years coordinating women's health and gender-based violence prevention projects throughout California and learning the mechanics of video production by working on a series of educational films about HIV and AIDS in Ethiopia, Amy founded Silence Speaks, which since 1999 has employed oral history, facilitative filmmaking, and popular education strategies to support the telling and public sharing of life stories documenting injustice and promoting individual, community, and policy change. She has planned and led Silence Speaks workshops in countries around the world, and has published numerous articles and book chapters documenting this work. Amy currently specializes in the ethical implications of producing and sharing sensitive personal narratives in public settings, and in modifying digital storytelling methods to accommodate groups working in multiple languages, with limited technology resources. She manages Silence Speaks as an initiative of Story Center, a nonprofit organization based in Berkeley, CA, where she lives with her partner and daughter. Amy holds a BA in British & American Literature from Scripps College and an MA Gender Studies from Stanford University.