In 2000, artist, author, educator, yoga instructor and community organizer Hawah Kasat co-founded One Common Unity, a Washington, DC-based non-profit that supports a movement for peace education and the building of a non-violent culture through nature contact, music and art.
Eighteen years later, One Common Unity is a 2018 SHIFT Award Official Selection, and Kasat, who will be representing the organization at this year’s SHIFT, will serve as Master of Ceremony for the Wednesday, Oct. 17 film program, The Pointy End of the Spear.
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Presented by the TKF Foundation, the film program is built around the ways nature contact can heal victims of trauma.
In addition to serving as Master of Ceremony, Mr. Kasat will present Fly by Light, an award-winning documentary about District of Columbia teenagers breaking cycles of violence. The film follows four unforgettable young people on an eight-day journey into the mountains of West Virginia, where they leave the streets to participate in an emotional journey to rewrite their futures.
Joining Mr. Kasat in the presentation of their films will be a number of other 2018 SHIFT Award Official Selection representatives.
Chad Brown, whose organization, Soul River Runs Deep, is being recognized in the Non-Profit Category, will present his film, Chandalar.
Chandalar documents the bonds formed between veterans and youth on Alaska’s Chandalar River as they discover the importance of the natural world to mental health.
Dustin Martin, who will represent Wings of America at the SHIFT Awards, will present Sacred Strides, which highlights an 800-mile run by members of different tribes who put aside their differences aside to run to Utah’s Bears Ears—and to send a message of unity as they participated in the public lands conversation with their feet, demonstrating why this land is so important to them in the process.
Jim Ritterhoff, co-founder of 2018 SHIFT Award Official Selection Force Blue, will present Mercy, Love & Grace: The Story of Force Blue.
Force Blue is a program that unites the community of Special Operations veterans with the world of coral reef conservation for the betterment of both.
The TKF Foundation’s Nature Sacred project creates a growing network of urban sanctuaries created to reduce stress, increase health and strengthen community.
TKF Foundation Executive Director Erin Robertson will present two films: The Green Road, which tells the story of The Green Road project, a years-long effort to create a therapeutic nature space on the grounds of the National Military Medical Complex in Bethesda, and to incorporate nature into the treatment of veterans; and Legacy Health, a short film that shares some of the science—and the stories—behind the effort to develop healing gardens in hospitals.