End CSA NOW! EVENT – Save the Date

Join us in bringing awareness, prevention, and dialogue
to end child sexual abuse.

End Child Sexual Abuse NOW!

Saturday, April 19, 1:30 – 4:30pm
Oakland Asian Cultural Center
388 9th Street, Oakland

As many of you know myself and 8 community members have been working to create an event that emphasizes the importance of community involvement to end child sexual abuse (CSA) and increase visibility of those impacted by it.

Please SAVE THE DATE. This event will include:

  • Discussions about current efforts being made to address CSA;
  • Community forum to bring voice to those impacted by CSA;
  • Special film screening of preliminary footage from You Me and the Fruit Trees;
  • Resources and information sharing;
  • Healing arts activity;
  • Most importantly, we want to bring visibility to this largely shrouded issue by leading a community march to the local city hall as a call to action!

Parts of the event will be filmed for the documentary my team and I are currently producing. It’s a character driven film that follows several survivors of CSA and includes leaders in the movement to end child sexual abuse as well as other community members impacted by CSA. For more information on this documentary please visit: Trailer

We are also thrilled and honored to share that the City of Berkeley unanimously passed our proclamation to recognize “End Child Sexual Abuse NOW!” as a day in Berkeley. We have a whole lot to celebrate and hope you can be there April 19th to celebrate with us!

Please share this invitation with your networks through social media, tweet it, post it and forward this post to your friends, co-workers and family.  Invite your friends on Facebook here:  End CSA EVENT

Stay tune for a list of speakers and more details.

Together we can end CSA!

Tracey Quezada –info@traceyquezadaproductions.com
Danielle Castro – Danielle.castro@ucsf.edu

Connect with your audience

Last month, I participated in an online, social engagement chat around the documentary film A Lot Like You. The chat, hosted by AfroPop/Black Public Media and the Center for Asian American Media, was held on ITVS’ OVEE platform. OVEE is a new social screening platform for watching your favorite PBS and local public television programs. People from everywhere, locally, nationally, internationally, can join OVEE chats to watch films collectively, share responses, or even pose questions via live chat to the filmmakers or producers in attendance. A Lot Like You (ALLY) shares the story of Eliaichi Kimaro, a mixed-race, first-generation American with a Tanzanian father and Korean mother who is searching for a stronger connection to her African roots.
I was drawn to director Eliaichi Kimaros’ film because of the complexities of the issues raised, and because of the ways her team is engaging audiences around these issues. The interactive component on ALLY’s website allows people from everywhere to join the conversation around the sensitive subjects of interpersonal violence and racial and cultural identities. Users are invited to download this picture, write on it reflections inspired by the film, take a photo of what they wrote, and mail it in to the site admin.In my experience, I’ve found storytelling satisfies the human need for connection. People want to share and be heard, so what better way to activate people about important social issues than to connect to one another through shared experiences, creative expression, and resources.In my work as a filmmaker and story consultant I’m always researching and implementing new ways to engage audiences. The film I’m currently producing, You and Me and the Fruit TreesAqueila at grad pic 2012-11-05 at 9.22.55 AM, follows Angel, Aquiela and Tony who after years of childhood sexual (CSA) abuse, untangle the intergenerational forces that tainted their lives. Pictured to the left is Aqueila (in the film).

I learned that in order to get the conversation going and build collective action, one must start with mutually beneficial relationships. So, early on in the making of the film, I started partnering with many non-profit organizations.

I always suggest that filmmakers get to know their institutional partners. Once you have a solid idea of who your audience is and how you would like to use your media project to engage communities, you can begin to list who would benefit from your multimedia project, both at the level of audience and at the level of organizational partner. Your partners already know the audiences you’re trying to reach and can offer helpful advice on your audience’s needs, how to meet them, and on additional organizations in need of media to inspire dialogue around your issues of interest. I found that everyone, from rehabilitation centers to youth centers and educational institutions, seeks tools to deepen the conversation.

Learning about how our partners aim to serve their demographic helped our team begin to build a website that could meet that need by allowing community members to share their stories of how CSA has impacted them directly or indirectly. The website also includes mapping the impact CSA has on society, to bring awareness around this endemic.
More and more people are interested in using media as an educational tool. Whether it be a series of short video clips, an audio story, or even a curriculum that accompanies a film, educators and advocates value tools that will help their constituencies better understand — and even connect with — an issue. For You and Me and the Fruit Trees, we are building an engagement toolkit to be used with the film for educational institutions, rehabilitation centers and adult and youth prisons.

But always remember, that no matter how many partners you have or how strong your curricular materials, those can easily become moot if you don’t begin with powerful storytelling. Once you have mastered this, you can easily be on your way to raise collective action and empower audiences everywhere.

Tracey Quezada
Producer | Director | Filmmaker

Tracey Quezada Productions is a film and television production company that highlights stories of women, children and other under-represented communities. Through compelling story telling Tracey Quezada Productions increases awareness and inspires dialogue around the issues covered.

300,000 Screen shot 2011-01-10 at 5.24.22 PM

Cycle of Healing

We have been diligently working with our Story Consultant on the story structure and filming these past 5 months. That said, You and Me and the Fruit Trees has come a long way and I’m so very grateful for your support and our team.   You can view our new work in progress here:

You and Me and the Fruit Trees – WIP from Tracey Quezada on Vimeo.

This past year has been filming, story boarding, editing and serving the community by presenting screenings of the work in progress featuring a panel and Q and A discussion. Each screening features people like Generation Five who are working to end CSA within five generations. It has been incredible witnessing so many people disclose, many for the first time. On one occasion an 80 year-old woman disclosed for the first time, during another screening a teenage girl shared her experience and was eager to learn where to go for help, we gave her a list with resources and directed her to Generation five.

You and Me and the Fruit Trees follows Angel, Aquiela and Tony as they untangle the intergenerational forces that tainted their lives.  Aqueila makes the difficult decision to confront her mother and father about the sexual abuse she experienced as a child. After many years of putting her life back together, Angel moves on to mentor and counsel other survivors of abuse. Angel’s story shares the intergenerational cycle of passing it forward, that although we can easily recognize the cycle of sexual abuse- we can also pass on healing.

The film shows 3 people who took something very dark, years of childhood sexual abuse and said,  “you know what, I’m no longer the victim,” they continue on their path towards healing and are going on to help others heal and transform.  There are thousands of people doing the same thing, taking their experience of childhood sexual abuse and creating a truly breath taking life where they help others, build awareness and thrive.

We are now working on filming Angel who facilitates an art therapy program at SAGE (standing against global exploitation), showing her passing it forward. She received healing for herself many years ago and made a promise to herself to help others heal from trauma. Angel has been inspiring others to heal through public speaking, counseling and being an example.

Tracey Quezada
Producer | Director | Filmmaker