Where the Waters Blend


Where the Waters Blend explores the day-to-day life of a modern-day, non-reservation dwelling indian tribe. The Piscataway people’s ongoing struggle to retain and share their heritage frames the journey of Cryz - the two-spirit daughter of the tribal chairwoman -  from rejection to acceptance of her leadership role in the tribe.

Cinematography & Directing: Susanne Coates & Emily Wathen
Production & Editing: Susanne Coates

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Batalá: All Women Percussion Band susannecoates Fri, 08/14/2015 - 17:13

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.

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Susanne Coates: Cinematography & Editing
Collaborators: Emily Wathen, Camilla Sumi
Producer: Stone Soup Films

Women, Drums, and that Samba-Reggae Rhythm!
susannecoates Fri, 06/19/2015 - 18:58
Blogging from
Space Station Susanne, Forest Hills, Washington DC, United States, North America
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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.