World Trust

World Trust Team

Recent Posts

A film participant reflects on her experience, 15 years later

Posted by World Trust Team on July 12, 2017

Light in Shadows Q+A with Penny Rosenwasser

With the rerelease of our film, Light in the Shadows, a roundtable conversation among a multicultural group of women about race, we’re revisiting the most controversial aspect of the movie. If you haven’t seen it yet, check out the trailer for the film.

The women featured were social justice advocates from different racial and professional backgrounds, who spoke openly about their personal experiences with systemic racism.

A major shift occurs when an African American participant, ericka huggins, challenges a white Jewish participant, Penny Rosenwasser. Rosenwasser refers to the fight against racism as her “work.” huggins pushes back, saying that the fight toward racial equality is her life experience, not work, or something that can be released at will. 

World Trust spoke to Rosenwasser, more than 15 years after that conversation took place, about her experience during filming. Spoiler alert: She was, and is, just fine. And she hopes more people can open themselves up to conversations that inspire real transformation.

Read More

Topics: Talk about Race, Summer of #JusticeandRacialHealing, #WorldTrust, #YesJusticeYesPeace

Healing the Cycles of Oppression

Posted by World Trust Team on June 30, 2017

One reason we keep coming back to the conversation of our first film, Light in the Shadows, is because the issues still resonate. Conversations about race often break down between white people and people of color.  Whether you saw the film in the early 2000s or have just been introduced to it, the message is clear: We’re doomed to repeat the cycles of oppression if we don’t heal.

Expanding Dualistic Framing

The world is not an either/or place, even though it’s our tendency as humans to respond to life dualistically. We make decisions in ways that are hierarchical and linear. It is critical that we think systemically and develop our analyses through the observation of the patterns and relationships that are always embedded in complex issues.

In cross-racial conversations, we need participants to do their own internal work—dealing with their individual understanding of how racist systems were created and operate while understanding their own emotions and biases. We also need the group to do external work—looking at how structures and institutions can create systemic barriers and imbalances. Doing both, we can create new connections, revisioning relationships and structures. 

 It is internal work for each individual, but it is collective internal work that supports the external work. We must remember that, so we can be responsible for how our individual traumas and understandings impact the way we operate in the world.

Read More

Topics: Talk about Race, Summer of #JusticeandRacialHealing, #WorldTrust, #YesJusticeYesPeace

A second act: Re-Introducing our film Light in the Shadows

Posted by World Trust Team on June 17, 2017

When we released our first film, Light in the Shadows, the world wasn’t ready for it.

Recorded in 1998, our founder, Shakti Butler, intended to use this shorter film (45 mins) to raise funds for the production of other World Trust projects. In the movie, a conversation unfolds among ten American women from a range of backgrounds. The women lived in the Bay Area and came from African, Arab/Middle Eastern, European, Jewish, Asian, Latina and multiracial descent. They spoke frankly about the social and emotional impact of engaging with the world within the racial identities attributed to them.

 The participants all came to the table with decades of social justice advocacy behind them. These were skilled communicators accustomed to the language of race and inequity, unconscious bias, social constructs, patriarchy, transformation, collective humanity, and healing. They shared personal anecdotes and past pain. They challenged one another and showed support. It turns out the film’s greatest achievement was also its perceived flaw. The conversation in the film—and for those after who viewed the film—consistently broke down between white people and people of color. When the credits rolled, white women viewers hated the movie. People of color loved it. 

Read More

Topics: Talk about Race, Summer of #JusticeandRacialHealing, #WorldTrust, #YesJusticeYesPeace

Blessings and Innoculation...

Posted by World Trust Team on July 25, 2016

This clip featuring Jerry Tello, Director of the National Compadres Network, is our final clip from our 2016 Summer of #JusticeandHealingNOW.  In it, Mr. Tello addresses the importance of culture, ritual and healing that supports his life-long social justice work.


As you watch this powerful clip, please reflect on the following:
1. What are the traditions and values of your family or community that have helped you heal? 

2. What healing do you currently need to work more effectively towards builidng a more just and equitable world?

3. What committments are you willing to make to engage in ongoing healing practices for yourself, your family and community?

Read More

restorative justice circle

Posted by World Trust Team on July 18, 2016

This clip from our 2016 Summer of #JusticeandHealingNOW features Ethan Viets-VanLear, a participant in a Restorative Justice circle.  Ethan talks about the devastation of young black men who are responding to the conditions in which they live. As you watch, ask yourself and others these questions:
What is the impact of jail time and lives lost in communities across the United States? 

What might be some interventions that could prevent this kind of loss?
Read More

An Example of Restorative Justice

Posted by World Trust Team on July 12, 2016
Watch the clip, reflect on it, share it with others and have a conversation:
  • How did this story affect you?
  • Would you feel like you received justice if this happened to you?
  • What would it be like if you were in the place of the offender?
  • What would it be like if you were in the place of the person who had been harmed?
  • Do you think justice was served? 


Everyday we are throwing away opportunities to 
engage the talents and intellect of young people. The current punitive criminal justice practices limit a robust future by disproportionately targeting black and brown children, diminishing our collective future.  

Alternatives to our current system are emerging. There are practices, such as restorative justice, seeded in deep indigenous wisdom that are supporting significantly decreased recidivism rates.  These practices are gaining popularity in school districts and judicial systems around the country.  

In this clip from our upcoming film (coming in 2017) on Healing and Justice, Sujatha Baliga, Director of the Restorative Justice Project at Impact Justice describes an example of a diversion process that restores wholeness and satisfaction to the person who was harmed and the person who did the harm. This type of outcome actually repairs, connects and expands communities. These types of outcomes contribute and impact the building a more equitable society for everyone!  
Read More

2ND CLIP: Structural Racism and our Children

Posted by World Trust Team on June 27, 2016

If we are to have a better world, we must take care of our children and understand the systems they are being raised in.

As you watch our second clip from our series, the Summer of #JusticeandHealing, ask yourself these questions:
What are the financial, human and community costs of the current judicial system?
Why do we think incarceration is the way to create safety - and safety for whom?
How do perceptions, fear of the "other" and the collateral consequences of poverty inform our current limited options for "justice"?
How can you be a voice for youth?

This clip featuring James Bell, Director of the W. Haywoord Burns Institute for Juvenile Justice and Fairness is from our 2016 Summer of #JusticeandHealingNOW.  
Read More

What DOES Justice MEAN TO YOU...

Posted by World Trust Team on June 22, 2016

In this first clip of our Summer of #JusticeandHealing series, we explore ways of thinking about and defining the term "justice."  Watch this clip, share it with colleagues, friends and family and ask each other: 

What does justice mean to you?

What assumptions underlie our current system of justice?

In this clip, Fania E. Davis J.D., Ph.D. Co-Founder and Executive Director of Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth (RJOY) and Morris Jenkins, Dean of the College of Health and Human Services of SE Missouri State University offer perspectives on justice.  
Read More


Posted by World Trust Team on June 16, 2016

Last Summer, we offered
a series of free film clips  about racism and its impact on our society.  To this day we hear how deeply the clips supported meaningful and nuanced conversations. 

To continue to support your conversations, today we launch the Summer of #JusticeandHealingNOW! In the coming weeks we'll be offering free film clips on JUSTICE and HEALING, right to your inbox each week

The clips are from our upcoming film (coming in 2017) and explore:

  • How do you define the meaning of justice?

  • Why is addressing trauma such an important component of justice? 

  • How do our current structures create disproportionate outcomes for people, young people in particular of color as well as the poor and disenfranchised?

  • Why and how do our current structures need to be changed if we want to ensure that children are treated well?

The world is crying out for healing - healing of inequitable actions and of unfair, unjust systems.  And, equally important, the world is crying out for the deep internal healingthat allows us to more effectively come together to educate, organize and work towards a world that works for everyone.  In community we can heal, support and renew while sharing the analytical tools and facts that allow us to be effective.

At World Trust, for the last 20 plus years, we've found our films to be effective pathways to building community and capacities for working towards racial equity. Watching films and clips allows individuals to simultaneously self-reflect and learn while offering a common touchstone for conversations with others to discuss our deepest needs, hopes and strategies for creating a more just world.  

This summer we hope these film clips from our upcoming film will move, inspire, and invite you to engage in conversations with others - family members, friends, colleagues and community members. Feel free to share the clips as widely as you wish. We also will be #ConnectingGoodWork by featuring some like-minded organizations that work for an end to cycles of pain and suffering via our Facebook page. We can't wait to connect with you in the coming weeks! 

Towards Justice and Healing NOW, with love,
The World Trust Team
Read More

Topics: Talk about Race, Shakti Butler, Community Building, Summer of #JusticeandRacialHealing, #WorldTrust, #ConnectingGoodWork, restorative justice, Race, Racism, bias, #TogetherForChange, Justice, Healing, systemic inequity, school to prison pipeline

Week One Film Clip for the Summer of #JusticeandRacialHealing #YesJusticeYesPeace

Posted by World Trust Team on July 10, 2015


Watch this clip, ask yourself the questions we offer, share this with your community and have a conversation that may lead to meaningful connection and change:
1. What is your response to the short clips you have viewed. What are your thoughts and feelings?

2. What conversation might you have regarding some internally driven step(s) you might take in terms of expanding yours and others beliefs, understanding and/or skill sets in terms of healing, analysis and movement towards furthering racial equity? Another way to approach this is to develop and explore new strategic questions for yourself and other?
3. What external actions might facilitate more equitable outcomes in terms of institutional or structural changes that would?
Read More

Topics: Talk about Race, Summer of #JusticeandRacialHealing, #WorldTrust, #YesJusticeYesPeace