"Dawnland" about the Maine Wabanaki-State Welfare Truth & Reconciliation Commission is a full length documentary currently in postproduction and slated for release in early 2017. Mass Humanities funded three short social media documentary films to support the creation and distribution of the full-length documentary film "DAWNLAND." For centuries, the United States government has taken Native American children away from their tribes, devastating parents and denying children their traditions, culture, and identity. First Light documents these practices from the 1800s to today, and tells the story of an unprecedented experiment in truth-telling and healing for Wabanaki people and child welfare workers in Maine. In 2015 the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission concluded that Native people in Maine continue to be targets of "cultural genocide." The commission is the topic of a documentary film.
A trailer for the Mass Humanities funded documentary-in-progress that tells the story of Pauli Murray (1910-1985), a tireless human rights champion ahead of her time. In the early 1940s, Murray was staging non-violent “stool-sitting” actions in Washington DC restaurants. A founding member of NOW, Murray led the charge for recognition of Jane Crow, her term for double discrimination that minority women faced. At retirement age, Murray left a Brandeis faculty position to attend divinity school, later becoming the first woman priest of the Episcopal Church. GRANT DETAILS
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A video sample of the documentary strand of the Down the Fort multimedia public history project about “the Fort,” a traditional Sicilian fishing enclave adjacent to the historic Gloucester harbor. GRANT DETAILS
Mass Humanities awarded a pre-production grant for a feature-length documentary focusing on Daniel Ellsberg, the whistleblower who released the Pentagon Papers. GRANT DETAILS
In the feature documentary Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North, filmmaker Katrina Browne discovers that her New England ancestors were the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history. She and nine cousins retrace the Triangle Trade and gain powerful new perspectives on the black/white divide. Mass Humanities funded a discussion version of the film targeted to the educational market. The website has film clips, discussion guides, and a discussion forum. GRANT DETAILS