DAWNLAND, our feature documentary film (in production since November 2013) follows the “truth and reconciliation” process in Maine, bearing witness to Native American families who suffered under the state’s child welfare policies. For decades, disproportionate numbers of Native children have been removed from their families and culture. DAWNLAND will be built around the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), the first Native American-focused Commission. We aim to open difficult dialogues with audiences to confront privilege, racism, and systems of oppression. This project is independent from the TRC.
How do societies ravaged by genocide begin to heal? Can a person be forced to reconcile with those who killed her or his loved ones? In the 53-minute documentary film Coexist, Rwanda’s unprecedented social experiment in government-mandated reconciliation is revealed for the first time through the eyes of a diverse range of survivors: victims, perpetrators, and those who bore witness to the 1994 genocide. What they share is breathtaking, heartbreaking, and inspired. Viewers are gripped and left brimming with questions.
The mission of the Upstander Project (UP) is to prepare teachers and their students to make othering socially unacceptable and interrupt violence in its less destructive stages in our schools. Based and created in Boston, we are a comprehensive documentary and educational outreach project. To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Rwanda genocide, a new 53-minute version of Coexist was released for television broadcast in April 2014. The film, Teacher’s Guide, and professionally-led teacher workshops serve as an entry-point to important conversations about how to promote forgiveness, compassion, and upstanding.