credit: Jane Cave
When:
August 26, 2015 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
2015-08-26T18:30:00-04:00
2015-08-26T20:30:00-04:00
Where:
Landmark E Street Cinema
555 11th Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20004
USA
Contact:
Shira Hereld
202-347-2006 x 16

Sold Out!

Thank you so much for your support, this will be a fantastic event! Follow us @streetsensedc on social media for updates on future chances to see the films, media interviews with the filmmakers, and new projects from the co-op and our media center.

Wanted to come, but missed it? Our October 1 gala will be a showcase of the media center including film screenings, live theatre, poetry readings and more!

Read the Washington Post story.


Trailer

Street Sense Media Center presents two self-directed documentaries by local female survivors of homelessness in part two of its acclaimed Cinema from the Street series. First, join a courageous mother as she struggles to protect and raise her daughter in one of D.C.’s most infamous and inhospitable shelters. Then, journey alongside a survivor of homelessness and sexual assault as she reflects on her past trauma and present path to recovery.

Q&A with directors to follow, moderated by author and renowned literary activist Marita Golden.

Cinema from the Street: see our city – for real. 


The Films

 

Raise to Rise (Dir. Sasha Williams, Prod. Angie Whitehurst):
Experience D.C. General from the inside as a brave mother raising her two-year-old maintains a secret iPhone diary of their time at a shelter notorious for its uninhabitable conditions and structural neglect. This intensely intimate film looks at how one’s own childhood can lead to parenting a child under equally harrowing circumstances – and how one mother puts a stop to this suffocating feedback loop.

 

Whom Should I Be Grateful To? (Dir. Cynthia Mewborn):
Walk through the beginnings of recovery alongside a survivor of sexual assault as director Cynthia Mewborn powerfully confronts both her violent past and slow-to-heal present in this dramatic reflection (filmed at the stairwell where she used to tent).

 


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Marita Golden is an acclaimed literary activist from D.C. She has published fourteen works of fiction and non-fiction, including her debut memoir Migrations of the Heart, and her most recent work THE WORD: Black Writers Talk About the Transformative Power of Reading and Writing. She currently teaches at the Fairfield University MFA program, and serves as President Emeritus of the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation, which she co-founded.


In her words:
“I like to think of myself as a literary disturber of the peace. A good narrative…requires that you look at and experience the world with new eyes and a new heart.”

bryan-bello_street-sense_photo-by-jane-cave Artist-in-Residence Bryan Bello founded and facilitates our film cooperative. Bello is a graduate student at American University and a Washington, D.C. filmmaker seeking to expand the use of participatory methods in media production and the study of cultures. He is in awe of the wisdom and vision of his co-op colleagues.