Host Marlena Willis talks with filmmaker, Ana Joanes, whose film, Wrestling Ghosts, is about the tools we can use, including Nonviolent Communication, to become better parents. It follows the epic journey of Kim, a young mother who, with the help of her partner Matt and the support of therapists, works to confront her traumatic childhood to build a stronger bond with her sons. Victor Lee Lewis, one of the featured healing practitioners in the film and who works with Emotional Freedom Technique, which uses tapping on acupressure points to clear out trauma, will also appear as a guest. The film will premier at the LA Film Festival on September 27 and then have showings in Oakland on the September 29 and Santa Cruz on September 30.
Ana Joanes is a documentary filmmaker dedicated to inspiring conscious action and systemic change through film. Her previous works include Generation Meds, an exploration of our fears and misgivings about mental illness and medication, and Fresh, which celebrates the farmers, thinkers and entrepreneurs who are reinventing our food system. Before dedicating herself to filmmaking, Ana was a lawyer. She founded Reel Youth, Inc., a video production program for youth coming out of detention and other underserved youth. Ana is the mother of three children, and with Wrestling Ghosts, she hopes to contribute to a shift toward a more compassionate world.
Victor Lee Lewis, MA, is the Founder and Director of the Radical Resilience Institute, and Radical Resilience Coaching and Consulting. He is a Progressive Life Coach, trainer, speaker, and social justice educator. Victor brings a unique socially progressive vision to the work of personal growth, personal empowerment, and emotional health. He is best known for his inspiring leadership role in The Color of Fear, an unusually powerful video about racism.