Film Testimonials

What People Are Saying …

“Smart, timely and necessary challenge to the nation to address what race means to all of us.”

– Maya Wiley, Executive Director, The Center for Social Inclusion

Cracking the Codes helps us pull the lens back so we can see the landscape of racialization and racial inequity and how we as individuals are shaped by it. It will be an invaluable resource for anyone who has ever wondered how to get this conversation started – and keep it going.”

– Makani Themba-Nixon, Executive Director, The Praxis Project

“Cracking the Codes asks viewers to understand the costs of systemic racial inequity. Building a world that works for everyone isn’t just the right thing to do, it’s the only way to fulfill the American Dream. This unconventional film project challenges us to do just that. ”

– Van Jones Co-Founder, Rebuild the Dream

“Dr. Butler’s film The Way Home was an essential element of ethnic studies curricula while I was an undergrad student. It illuminated issues of race and power in the United States in a powerful and unique way. The film was part of what influenced my decision, as a young person, to spend my career working to advance social and racial justice – which I have now been doing for the past 15 years.”

-Vanessa Daniel, Program Advisor, The Tides Foundation

“A triumphant achievement!!! Shakti Butler has managed to engage white Americans in an honest discussion of race and privilege that has eluded this nation for 3 centuries. This is a film that ALL Americans need to see.”

– Shauna Marshall, Academic Dean Hastings College of the Law

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