A video adaptation of a dance/theater work based on stories told by six survivors of child sexual abuse. The survivors shared their experiences over a twelve week period within a traditional psychotherapy framework and saw their experiences expressed in movement by professional dancers. The stories were then incorporated into a script and combined with dance performance, photography, painting, and music. Walking Miracles explores the intense emotional experiences and hard-won self-knowledge that the survivors shared, strips away the silence and secrecy of abuse, and makes known its enduring aftereffects. It serves as an audiovisual catalyst for healing and for greater understanding of this important human rights issue. Viewer’s Guide included.
Walking Miracles is one of the most moving and effective tools I’ve encountered for educating the public about the long-term effects of childhood sexual abuse. The artful weave of dance, theater and survivor’s stories creates a compelling picture that gets to the core of the experience in a way that didactic teaching materials cannot. The painful subject matter is handled with great respect, and the ultimate message is one of hope, strength and empowerment.
–Esther Giller, President and Director, The Sidran Traumatic Stress Foundation
Honorable Mention – 48th Annual Columbus International Film and Video Festival
WARNING: Walking Miracles is not intended for children and contains explicit descriptions of child sexual abuse.