A video adaptation of a moving, intense theatrical work based on stories told by six survivors of child sexual abuse.
1999 • 45 minutes • English
Prior to creating the Walking Miracles video, survivors of child sexual abuse worked with psychotherapist Callie Justice, Project Director Barbara Dickinson, and dancers/choreographers Thaddeus Bennett and Thema Bryant to share and explore their experiences within a traditional psychotherapy framework. They saw their experiences expressed in movement by professional dancers, and the stories were then incorporated into a script and combined with dance performance, photography, painting, and music. The script for the project emerged directly from the words of the survivors, with additional writing by acclaimed poet Jaki Shelton Green. James R. Carlson composed the original musical score. Dickinson and Justice then worked with Co-Artistic Director Jeff Storer and the ensemble of dancers and actors to co-create a performance which shares the truth, humor, pain, and triumph of survival.
The 1997 stage production of Walking Miracles had a profound impact on many who saw it. Survivors, therapists, educators, and community activists and advocates expressed keen interest in seeing the powerful stories reach an even wider audience. Filmmaker Kenny Dalsheimer recorded the production and worked with Artistic Directors Barbara Dickinson and Jeff Storer and Psychotherapist Callie Justice to adapt the theater piece to video.
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 after effects. It serves as an audiovisual catalyst for healing and for greater understanding of this important human rights issue. A Viewer’s Guide is available.
WARNING: Walking Miracles is not intended for children and contains explicit descriptions of child sexual abuse.
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Honorable Mention – 48th Annual Columbus International Film and Video Festival