Documentary Film Series
The Story of Michael D. McCarty
Filmed in LA & Chicago in 2017, the first film in the series shares the journey of a man who even in the face of great obstacles spreads joy wherever he goes. Follow Michael as he evolves from aspiring scientist to the Black Panther, from FBI target to soldier, from drug addict to health nut. The twists and turns of Michael’s life will fill you with hope, laughter and a living example of resilience.
Blending interviews with stop motion animation and archival footage, Michael’s story reminds us how we grow through the challenges life throws our way.
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The Story of Alicia & Antonio
Filmed in Chicago, LA, & New Jersey in 2018, the second film in the Belonging series features the life stories of poet, political activist, and professor Alicia Partnoy and her filmmaker, activist husband Antonio Leiva both political refugees forced into exile after being imprisoned and tortured for their social justice work during Argentina's "Dirty War" of the 1970s. Their story is one of the triumph of the human spirit over circumstances, love over hate, and joy over oppression.
The Story of the Tsuchiya Family
To be filmed in Chicago, LA, Berkely, & Manzanar, the third film in the series features the journey of Lourdes Nicholls to discover, share, and celebrate the life stories of her grandparents, incarcerees at Manzanar, a California Japanese Internment camp during WWI and Lourdes mother, Fumi, who was born there. This is a real life tale about how hope, art, perseverance, and community keep us going through the most difficult times.