Email received from member of an international women's organization

May 19, 2011 at 6:03pm



I thought to share excerpts of an email from a woman who works at an international women's organization. She recently watched a rough cut of Mother's Red Dress and shared her reactions to the film (used with permission).


It really struck a chord. I like that it's so hard hitting.


It dragged me in pretty quickly and kept me there. I could have happily watched this movie, and found it a powerful piece that held my interest, had I not known the purpose of the film.


From the view of my own professional background, I'm excited by it - especially the theme of facing the past and then beginning a road to recovery. From working with very damaged teens, the court systems and the youth systems prior to my move into human rights, this film made me recognize traits, characteristics and makes me think how many kids sail so close this kind of outcome! Children from such damaged pasts that I've lost count of how many mental health referrals I've made and how many we missed.


So, you can add my view to the positive pile. There are a lot exciting projects around that explore issues facing young people. Thinking mainly around human trafficking with Chelo Alvarez-Stehle's multi media project and Jane Wells' honest real life accounts. BUT to explore these particular themes in a movie that will also have broad appeal, seems pretty unique to me. I would be intrigued to see what a group young people (higher age range) made of it. That would be interesting.


So, yes, I think its going to be an important film to a lot of people. I would love to think an individual or youth worker may watch it and begin a positive piece of work as a result. I also think its very likely that will happen.


Hope my views are helpful.



- Mel James


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