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About this Film

We are almost done putting the final touches on this powerful film. DVDs will ship in November 2017.

Our newest film asks America to talk about the causes and consequences of our current system of justice.  The film explores:

  • What is justice, really?
  • Why is healing such an important component of justice?
  • How do our current structures discount and dehumanize young people of color as well as our poorest and most vulnerable citizens?
  • How can we transform our ideas, structures and culture to produce a new story that popularizes the truth of our connected humanity?
  • How can we work towards a vibrant future where belonging, not othering, is the norm – what would that look, sound and feel like?

Designed for dialogue, the film addresses the youth-to-prison pipeline, the need for comprehensive criminal justice reform, and highlights various healing methodologies including restorative justice practices

The Healing Justice documentary is meant to open conversations around the necessary work of addressing and changing the racism embedded in the punitive legal systems and its prisons – both figuratively and literally that play out structurally and impact us internally. These conversations are part of developing a new narrative, one which has at its core an understanding of structural oppression but also one with potent energy to move forward with the work to change it.

We want to support a national dialogue that investigates and considers alternatives to our current punitive model of justice.

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The film will ask participants to consider how history, systemic racism, implicit bias, economics and culture negates the lives and promise of young people, their families and communities. It aims to address the perceptions of vulnerable, traumatized children – the majority of whom so often are seen as proto-criminals but are actually of low risk to society and simply need need to be empowered and protected instead of profiled and punished.

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 healing that allows us to more effectively come together to educate, organize and work towards dreaming and building a world that works for everyone.

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 justice and racial equity. Watching films allow 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.

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Who Should Use This Film

This film is an ideal for use in a variety of sectors – education, judicial, law enforcement, philanthropy, government, and nonprofit.

What People are Saying

  • "Healing Justice provides the next critical step in the movement to eradicate racial biases within the justice system. It is an interactive tool through which the viewer is presented with the impact of trauma, the challenges of injustice and the possibilities offered by healing strategies. Participants engage in dialogue that inspires new questions and transformative re-visioning of the meaning of justice through learning strategies related to restorative/diversion programs and healing."
    - San Francisco Public Defender, Jeff Adachi Director: The Slanted Screen and Defender
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  • "Healing Justice is medicine for anyone who craves tangible solutions to mass incarceration, and a clear path to real safety and healing for our communities.
    A must see for anyone who cares about racial justice in America; in these troubling times it is a ray of hope."
    - Vanessa Daniels, Founder and Executive Director, Groundswell - the largest funder of the U.S. reproductive justice movement​
  • "This powerful storytelling illuminates the intersection of trauma and our existing justice system’s power to destroy beloved community.
    Through recognizing how harm dehumanizes both target and tool, Healing Justice invites community into a space of reimagining our opportunity to develop a shared future, grounded in healing and accountability. Healing Justice demystifies notions of trauma being one-sided and reveals the deeper complication of how violation harms both the victim and the offender. By calling us to a deeper version of community, this film asks us to hold healing as a compass to discovering a radical notion of justice: wholeness."

    - Ben McBride, Deputy Director, PICO California, a national network of faith-based community organizations working to create innovative solutions to problems facing urban, suburban and rural communities.
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