Comment cards are distributed before the film screening; the following are a representative sample of what folks are sayin’!
Bermuda International Film Festival (BIFF)
Healing History premiered at the Bermuda International Film Festival (BIFF) on Friday, March 20, 2015 at 6 PM at Liberty Theatre (BIU Building). A sample of comments from viewers in Bermuda:
- Congratulations! The film is wonderful! What a national treasure we have in Melodye! In Bermuda and the USA, I hope more of our young people will have an opportunity to learn of our vast history!
- Excellent! Well done! It must be shown to all of Bermuda.
- Awesome! A must for our children.
- Uplifting, vital, important, necessary… a cut above the rest. Awesome!!!
- Important film… wish it had been longer.
- This documentary brilliantly and lucidly highlights the importance and the need to empower children/people of African descent through the teaching of African history and culture. Awesome job!!!
- Very inspiring, motivating, a great way to educate children and adults especially by using the action method. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the film – enlightening and educational… powerful.
- Ashay! The film was absolutely brilliant! A real joy!
- Excellent! A subject that is necessary to be taught in our schools. Bring it back in Bermuda’s schools!
- I am inspired! Your message is powerful, your work has just begun. Congratulations! Maya Angelou lives on…
- Great – Excellent film. We need to have this in our schools.
Africa World Documentary Film Festival
Healing History was accepted by Africa World Documentary Film Festival and was screened at Better Family Life, Inc. in St. Louis, Missouri on March 28 and 29, 2015. The film is was also shown under the AWDFF banner in Jamaica and the Cameroon, Central Africa!!! The following comments are from viewers in St. Louis:
- The movie that was produced [featuring] Mwalimu Melodye Micere is outstanding. It needs to be shown thoughout this country and planet. She is a great educator to both watoto (student) and mwalimu (teacher).
- This makes life simple again with organic tools [for teaching].
- Thank you! Impressed with presentation and delivery. Keep up the good work.
- I want to commend Sista Van Putten on creating a foundation to teach and create excitement about getting out children back to our history… learning what we need to continually start off with. Most importantly, creating the “Ashay Objectives”!!
- Healing History was an eye-opener. I enjoyed watching the film and have gained a lot of info about the bigger picture of teaching our children about their identity. I wish you and the film director all the best.
- It is a blessing when God gives you a gift. You’re an awesome person to be able to share your talents with our children who are our future. I love what you are doing.
- Impressed with the film and presentation.
- Excellent! Inspirational! Informative! Powerful!
Charlotte Black Film Festival
Healing History was accepted by the Charlotte Black Film Festival and shown at the Charlotte Convention Center on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 3 PM. An encore presentation of the film was presented on Sunday, April 12, 2015 at the Greenville Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church. The following comments are a sampling from both screenings.
- Boy, did I enjoy that! Motivated me even more to go talk to my sons… I found myself repeating what the kids were saying in the film.
- Bring this education to Charlotte!
- Thought-provoking! Empowering children for forward change of African Americans and all who choose to embrace truth.
- Great film and teachings for ALL ages in our community. I’m interested in learning more about the Ashay Objectives.
- We must teach American history, but also teach African history. It would be a disservice not to teach both…
- Healing HIstory was amazing. Being a part of Black History Workshops for Children, it really brought back great memories for me and to hear that it is still being taught today. The Ashay Objectives will be something I will be drilling into my daughter on a daily.
- Great learning tool for all. Enjoyed the presentation.
- Very informative. There are always lessons to learn.
- I think the documentary is very informative and is very much needed in our community. This program needs to be implemented in a lot of areas throughout the country for awareness.
- This is very needed.
- Simply outstanding!!
- Excellent information. Thank you.
- What an awesome opportunity experiencing first hand Melodye Micere Van Putten share her passion for educating others through her poetry and life experiences. I could revisit this place forever!!!
- Excellent!! Thank you. I hope that we can collaborate…
- Glad to have the chance to meet you. You are so on point. Our children and families need the information to survive in the 21st century.
- Outstanding – Excellent – A major blessing for all who “see” it! Thank you for your gift and your “destiny” is being fulfilled…
Cannes International Pan African Film Festival
Healing History was accepted by the Pan African International Film Festival in Cannes, France and was screened on Friday, April 28, 2015!! Many comments were made in French; the following comments were written in English:
- A very important message for all children. GREAT movie… LOVE what you are doing.
- A beautiful film! Go on with this work. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
- Thank you for this movie. Africa needs their history to be told.
- Thank you so much for such an amazing rememberance. You are reminding African people that they should and must go through what they are taught at school. You are inspiring and incredible! May God bless you.
- You remind me of Maya Angelou…
- Good Job! Black Americans and black people have really got to know their common past. Its very important. Thank you very much for this laudable approach.
- Very good. The distorted way of teaching history needs to be addressed. Very powerful.
- Come to Trinidad! Love your work! Ashe’.
- The movie was short, but excellent. Your movie teaches that it’s important for teachers, parents, and educators to invest in this history and the education of our children.
- Merci’ – thank you. It was fantastic. So many people don’t know who they are and they don’t that it is important. Thank you.
- Thank you. It was very interesting. It’s so imperative to know ones history. Thanks to you, we know who you are.