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4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What a wonderful organization to be shining light on equality. Together we can bring awareness to our nation & end these issues for our generations to follow

Riana D.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was invited to the Cracking the Codes screening in Oakland, CA, and the event and film far exceeded my expectations. Dr. Butler explained the premise of the film, played the first part and asked us to discuss the issues in the film with our neighbors. Not only did the film touch on racial issues that I have encountered in my own life, but it gave me the opportunity to learn about a complete stranger's take on the same issues. It opened my eyes to issues we face on a daily basis, but we don't notice them or choose to ignore them. There are racial inequities that have been ingrained in us for generations, and the only way to correct them is by facing them head-on. I would like to see more films produced by Dr. Butler and her kind, smart team at World Trust.

Tejal A.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I attended the Cracking the Codes screening in Boston, it was truly a wonderful event. Dr. Butler welcomed us into The Strand theater and invited us to take a minute to relax and breathe which helped set the tone for the rest of the event. The film was moving and inspirational, relating stories from people of all different backgrounds and inviting audience members to share their own personal experiences from one another. I really feel as though I learned a lot about the people sitting near me in that short amount of time, and ultimately learned more about myself.

Blake P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

World Trust is an organization that promotes racial equity through film and dialogue. Most recently I saw their film Cracking the Codes: The System of Inequity in Oakland and it was a night I will never forget. Their founder Dr. Shakti Butler put on a beautiful presentation that allowed the FULL theater to begin frank discussions of race and the systems in place that keep us divided. As a white person I find that these conversations usually leave me filled with guilt, denial and apologetic--however Dr. Butler frames the conversation so beautifully that everyone in the room felt comfortable talking about race and connecting with one another's differing experiences. I was so moved by this experience I purchased the film afterwards.