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Student Brings the POWER of Small to the Big Screen

Katie DuBoff - March 25, 2021

Talaya Martin SmithTalaya Martin-Smith '21 created and produced her own film The POWER of small, a short documentary that chronicles life on Rosemont’s campus during the Fall 2020 semester of the pandemic.

For Talaya Martin-Smith '21, the pandemic hits close to home. Her mother was diagnosed with COVID-19 in September.

The senior majoring in Communications with a minor in Marketing from North Philadelphia had just started an internship with Big Picture Alliance, an organization that empowers young people to define their own narrative through filmmaking.

“Due to COVID-19, the theme for student films was resiliency, and I thought there was no better way to showcase resilience other than filming my journey of going to school during a pandemic,” said Martin-Smith. “I found out my mother contracted the virus one month after I started interning and it wasn’t until then that I knew my film was meant to be created, seen, and heard.”

Martin-Smith created and produced her own film The POWER of small, a short documentary that chronicles life on Rosemont’s campus during the Fall 2020 semester of the pandemic.

Martin-Smith’s mother has recovered, but Talaya is quick to acknowledge that others continue to suffer from the devastating virus.

“I want my film to not only encourage and inspire everyone that things will get better, but I also want to inform them,” she said. “I want it to reach all those who have been and still are impacted by COVID-19. When watching my film, you should feel a sense of hope into the future while also remembering the panic and heartache because there are still people out there fighting for their lives and my mother was one of them.”

As Martin-Smith’s film depicts, Rosemont faculty, staff, and students have embodied the theme of resilience as members of the College community look back on the last year.

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