This documentary film follows survivors of sexual assault as they continue their healing process. Their inspiring stories illustrates the effects of trauma on their mental and physical health, how they have used various forms of artistic expression to process their trauma and begin the healing process. Professionals from healthcare, the court system, law enforcement, business owners and elected official discuss how the epidemic of sexual violence impacts the entire community, and how not all victims of sexual assault are treated equally.
H.E.A.L stands for Healing, Empowerment, Action and Liberation - the healing power of art, the empowerment one feels when they come out of the shadows and allow their stories to see the light of day, how storytelling can lead others to action, and the feeling of liberation when survivors let go of the blame and shame they often feel.
H.E.A.L. just started production and will be released in mid 2023.
Co-Stars - Rien Duplessis, Chantea Kirkwood, Dedrea Lewis, Sherondia Sullivan
Director – Greta McClain
Producer – Taffiney Williams
Photography Director – Michael Gomez
Music Director – Bethany Reynolds
Art Director - Rien Duplessis
Cinematographer: DuWayne Sterling
Production Company - Westlight Studios
Supporting Cast - John Ray Clemmons, Beth Smith McCaw, Linda Ragsdale, Fatima Smith and
Rien discusses her suicide attempts
How music has helped Chantea on healing journey.
"Making jewelry requires intense concentration, which helps me head off panic attacks or PTSD flashbacks when I am triggered."
"Art takes it to a whole new level."