Where the Waters Blend is a documentary film that is both the story of the Piscataway people who are trying to reclaim their Native American heritage centuries after assimilation into western culture and the personal story of their leader’s journey from estrangement to reconciliation with her LGBT daughter. This mother-daughter relationship personifies the larger story of the Piscataway’s struggle to retain their cultural identity amidst the social and cultural pressures of the 21st century.
Batalá in Washington, D.C. is part of a larger Batalá family created in 1997 by Giba Gonçalves. In 2007 the Batalá Washington band was created and is open to women and women-identifying persons older than 21 years old of age, regardless of race, religion, income or musical experience.
Susanne Coates: Cinematography & Editing
Collaborators: Emily Wathen, Camilla Sumi
Producer: Stone Soup Films
This weekend my two teammates (Emily Wathen and Camilla Sumi) and I participated in Stone Soup Films, Doc in a Day. We had 2 days to shoot, edit, then screen a three minute film about one of the areas non-profit organizations (who also signed up for Doc-in-a-Day). The completed short documentary can be viewed on it's portfolio page.
In this touching short, a young woman finds her mentor and discovers the liberating and transformative power of dance.