For immediate Release   February 17, 2009

For more information, Judith Trustone, Sagewriters  Judith@Sagewriters.org

Donation at the door



This event follows up City Council’s 2007 Resolution designating March in Philadelphia as “Justice Month” to bring together individuals and groups interested in justice issues and social change through art.

Saturdays in March at 2:00 pm

Upstairs at Robin’s Moonstone Arts Center (formerly Robin’s Bookstore)

110A S. 13th St., Philadelphia, PA 19107

Saturday, March 7th at 2:00 pm “Healing Justice: a journey into Shadow America” directed and narrated by filmmaker, Judith Trustone, Director of Sagewriters, The Global Kindness Revolution, and “Creating a Healing Lifestyle in Re-entry.” She is the co-author, with prisoners, of the best-selling Celling America’s Soul: torture and transformation in our prisons and why we should care and author of The Cats Secret Guide to Living with Humans. The documentary features the musical talents of those who once were in prison, with original music, prisoners’ art and interviews with activists and the formerly incarcerated. Info: 610-328-6101

Saturday, March 14th at 2:00 pm “Prison Life Stories” by the Termite TV Collective, filmmakers Michael Keutemeyer, Anula Shetty and Deborah Rudman,  is a thoughtful, compelling exploration of the issues of those coming home from prison and their loved ones.  Featuring lifer, Patrick Middleton (Sagewriters’ Inside Director), author of Healing Our Imprisoned Minds: a people’s guide to hope and freedom, and Julia Lopez, Cameron Holmes, Naima Black, Brenda Robinson, Deborah Rider, Thomas Gallagher, Damani Lopez, Antoinette Hannibal, John Bell, Charlie Patterson and Judith Trustone   Info:  610-328-6101

Saturday, March 21st at 2:00 pm  “The Dhamma Brothers:  East Meets West in the Deep South” by Jenny Philips, Ann Marie Stein, and Andrew Kukura features how an overcrowded prison, end of the line in Alabama’s correctional system, is dramatically changed by the influence of an ancient meditation practice, Vipassana, a deeply demanding ten day course of silent meditation. This film with the power to dismantle stereotypes about men behind prison bars, in the words of Sister Helen Prejean (Dead Man Walking) “gives you hope for the human race.” Actor Richard Gere calls it “A wonderful, powerful film. A rare inspiration to all of us.”  Info:  610-328-6101

Saturday March 28th at 2:00 pm “Soothing and Nurturing the Human Spirits on Both Sides of the Walls” was filmed at the American Friends Service Committee’s STOP MAX conference in May 2008. In a workshop led by Judith Trustone, Director of Sagewriters, The Global Kindness Revolution and “Creating a Healing Lifestyle in Re-entry,” participants, most of them families of the incarcerated or those home from prison,  learn self-healing techniques they can use on loved ones in prison visiting rooms. Trustone is an award-winning author, activist and innovative program consultant, and she hosts the internet radio show, “Healing Justice” and narrated and directed the documentary of the same name that was shown on March 7th. She led Healing Circles and Soothing and Nurturing workshops around the country for twenty years.


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