The Phenomenological Film Collective is a filmmaking group that produces poetic documentaries for social advocacy aims. Our mission is to create beautiful works of cinematography that illuminate our fellow citizens’ lived experiences in order to inspire compassion, hope, and solidarity.
PF Collective’s approach to social advocacy filmmaking is unique in that it relies on a “phenomenological research method” in order to achieve such aims. Phenomenological research is a method of qualitative research which collects people’s intimate stories of lived experiences as its chief form of data. This research approach interprets the rich details of people’s lived experiences, and extracts meaningful themes that illustrate profound insight into that particular sociocultural phenomenon.
PF Collective utilizes this research method to produce poetic documentary short films that communicate rich insight into what it is like for citizens to live through various sociocultural phenomena–such as the lived experience of being in the closet as an LGBTQ person or the lived experience of claiming sexual power as a South Asian American woman. Conducting phenomenological research helps us to produce films that convey profound understanding about these sociocultural issues and invite viewers into intimate contact with human experience. We hope that viewers step into the world of our short films, become transported, and gain a deeper connection to humanity and desire to make a difference in our world.