World Trust

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. 

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

Launch!

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
 
#JusticeandHealingNOW
#ConnectingGoodWork
#TogetherForChange
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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?
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Topics: Talk about Race, Summer of #JusticeandRacialHealing, #WorldTrust, #YesJusticeYesPeace

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

Posted by World Trust Team on July 9, 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:

·What is your response to the short clips you have viewed. What are your thoughts and feelings?

· What steps could you take to expand yours or others beliefs about racial equity?

·What external actions might facilitate more equitable outcomes in terms of institutional or structural changes?

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

Week Two Clip Two for the Summer of #JusticeandRacialHealing

Posted by World Trust Team on July 8, 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:


· What makes the conversation about race difficult?

· What is it that keeps us from seeing  other people’s perspectives?

 

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Topics: Talk about Race

Week Three Clip One for the Summer of #JusticeandRacialHealing

Posted by World Trust Team on July 7, 2015

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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:


 

 

• Name some examples that you have noticed where people are treated differently based upon race?

• Name an example where you see bias impacting the interpretation or creation of law and policy?

 

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Topics: White Privilege, Talk about Race, Engaging White People in Racial Equity

Week Four Clip One for the Summer of #JusticeandRacialHealing

Posted by World Trust Team on July 6, 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:


 

 

  • Where do you have your blinders on regarding privilege?  
  • Who usually is in the position to influence laws and policies?  
  • How can privilege influence these decision makers?

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Topics: System of Inequity, White Privilege, Talk about Race

Week Four Clip Two for the Summer of #JusticeandRacialHealing

Posted by World Trust Team on July 3, 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:


 

 • Can you relate to Millie’s story?

• What is the cost of cultural assimilation?



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Topics: System of Inequity, White Privilege, Talk about Race

Week Four Clip Three for the Summer of #JusticeandRacialHealing

Posted by World Trust Team on July 2, 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:


 

  · How does the use of privilege to interrupt bias change assumptions?

· What impact can using privilege to interrupt habits and cycles have on policies and procedures?

 



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Topics: System of Inequity, White Privilege, Talk about Race, Engaging White People in Racial Equity, Summer of #JusticeandRacialHealing

Week Five Clip One for the Summer of #JusticeandRacialHealing

Posted by World Trust Team on July 1, 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:


 

· What is the cost to both the Latino woman and the Asian woman in this clip?

· How does the supremacy of white culture cross racial boundaries in this story?

 

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Topics: System of Inequity, White Privilege, Talk about Race, Engaging White People in Racial Equity, Summer of #JusticeandRacialHealing