Here is a moving example of why we do what we do as a filmmaking and community education and engagement team. Mahalo Barb, and All in the Lehigh Valley for being a part of these efforts!
Dear Joe, Dean, and Hina:
We had our screening of "Kumu Hina" this past Sunday evening at ArtsQuest Cinema in Bethlehem, Pa. Dana Baker and Ryan Hill at ArtsQuest were most helpful in getting this event here.
I have never been so touched emotionally by any other movie I've seen. My emotions ran the gamut, from joy to anger, from confusion to compassion. I saw a love story unfold before me, love on so many levels and between so many participants. I thank you for making this movie..my thanks to all who were involved.
I get so angry when I see another Facebook post about someone committing suicide because of their gender identity. Another, and another and another. My soul cries for the trans youth of today, who are not getting the support and love they deserve as human beings.
The folks who viewed this movie Sunday night were there because they care. Our panel discussion after the movie was way too short. It became obvious to me that our first order of business here in the Lehigh Valley is education about transgender issues and communication to the trans community that there are many of us who do care, love and support them. I will be planning more panels and opportunities to educate in the near future.
Sorry for the long email. You just need to know that Kumu Hina has sparked a new passion in my life. It has put a face to a GLBT issue that has been overlooked for far too long. Here in the Lehigh Valley, we will be making a difference.
Blessings to you all,
April 13, 2015