REHUMANIZE, 57min., USA
Directed by Kelsey Darragh
With its roots in indigenous practice and community, this is a documentary about the first ever sexual assault case in North American to be resolved using Restorative Justice through the court system. One woman tells her story of fighting to have her assailant LEGALLY sentenced to therapy instead of prison. Part of her conditions? He had to meet with her in an 8-hour face-to-face Restorative Justice circle.
After taking part in the Sundance Labs in 2019, I knew i wanted to move towards making IMPACT as a filmmaker in addition to entertainment. Then the life rights of Marlee Liss dropped in my lap. Restorative Justice has never been used to resolve a case of sexual violence against a woman by legally sentencing a man to therapy and an RJ circle with the survivor. This process is survivor-centric and should be known as an option for all women who experience rape and feel abused by the traditional punitive system. This documentary could change lives and open a new way to heal from sexual assault.