Guest Blogger – Karin Venegas
Guest Blogger Karin Venegas’ film, Unafraid: Voices from the Crime Victims Treatment Center, won a Jury Award for Excellence in our 2015 Show Me Justice Film Festival. Her film has been warmly received across the country.
I was excited and very honored to receive the 2015 Show Me Justice Film Festival’s Jury Award for Excellence for my film Unafraid: Voices from the Crime Victims Treatment Center. Shortly thereafter, the Trenton Film Festival in New Jersey recognized the film with its Best Documentary Short Award. This warm reception we have received from so many small festivals throughout the country has been incredibly rewarding. As an artist, I wanted my work to help bridge the differences that divide us and have educational value.
Most rewarding, our film’s success has provided tremendous encouragement to the rape survivors who it features. For many years, they remained silent, fearful their stories would not be understood or believed. The positive response to our film has helped further their healing, and I am grateful to our audiences in Missouri – and elsewhere – who have made that possible.
Most recently, our film obtained distribution from Women Make Movies, a nonprofit whose mission is to promote films made by and about women, with a particular interest in documentaries that address social justice issues. The team at WMM was especially excited about the historic relevance of our film, which tells a little known chapter of feminist history and the grassroots development of rape crisis centers. Together, WMM and I will work to bring the film into more educational settings and hope that it can be used as a teaching tool. We believe it has relevance in subject areas related to Women’s History, Criminal Justice, Health – even campus activism!
To learn more: http://www.wmm.com/filmcatalog/pages/c921.shtml