Date of Award

Fall 1-3-2018

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


Film and Media Studies

First Advisor

Martin Lucas

Second Advisor

Shanti Thakur

Third Advisor

Steven Gorelick

Academic Program Adviser

Martin Lucas


Better than Before is an experiential art installation that profiles the life of James Isreal, a Vietnam vet who shares a spiritual journey that is filled with self-discovery, introspection, and hope in the midst of war and abhorrent racism. His poignant retrospective follows his struggle to find peace in the midst of trauma and disease, providing life lessons that transcend the pangs of adversity and the unknown.



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