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FLY BY LIGHT
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A group of teenagers board a bus for West Virginia, leaving the streets of Washington, DC to participate in an ambitious peace education program. For the first time in their lives Mark, Asha, Martha, and Corey play in mountain streams, sing under the stars, and confront the entrenched abuse, violence and neglect cycles of their past. But as they return to DC, each young person faces an unforgiving series of hurdles and roadblocks that challenge their efforts to build a better life. Through breathtaking visuals from street corners to mountaintops, “Fly By Light” is an intimate exploration of the chaotic, confusing, and emotional journey to rewrite a young person’s future. Produced by One Common Unity in association with Meridian Hill Pictures.

VOICES FROM WITHIN
“Voices From Within” explores the complicated process of recovery and redemption through the eyes of four individuals in care at Saint Elizabeths mental hospital. Found not guilty by reason of insanity, Lew, Calvin, Jimmy, and Kevin share what it’s like to have spent a collective 160 years in one of the nation’s oldest mental institutions. By putting cameras directly into their hands, they take us through their daily routines, and their ongoing struggle to leave the hospital and transition back into the community. Co-directed and produced with Joy Haynes. Produced by Video Diary Productions with Meridian Hill Pictures.

WALK WITH ME
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Against the backdrop of historical moments of social change, “Walk With Me” follows three women who use theater to inspire, stir and animate our democracy. While at work in prisons, schools, and community centers, the film reveals that one person – one artist – can make a difference. Co-directed and produced with Tanisha Christie. Now available for rent on amazon, vudu, and google play.

CHOCOLATE CITY
In 2003, over 400 families from the Arthur Capper’s housing project in South East Washington DC were forced from their homes as part of a massive nation-wide redevelopment programme. “Chocolate City” explores the rapid gentrification of Washington DC through the eyes of a group of local women who are fighting to return to their neighbourhood. Although living in the shadows of power, their story celebrates the strength of communities and the capacity of art to inspire change. Co-directed with Sam Wild.

IGUAL QUE TÚ
 “Igual Que Tú” takes you through a week in the life of six immigrant day laborers living in Washington DC, on a journey to find the American Dream in an Home Depot parking lot. Made with the full collaboration of the workers themselves, these ‘undocumented’ workers document their daily struggle to find dignified work and their unbelievable capacity to find love. Watch each of their digital portraits here.