credit: Jane Cave
August 26, 2015 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Landmark E Street Cinema
555 11th Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20004
Shira Hereld
202-347-2006 x 16

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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!

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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).



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.