DAWNLAND: An Upstander Film online at S-WH

DAWNLAND: An Upstander Film online at S-WH

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A free, virtual and live-streamed screening of Documentary Emmy award-winning film DAWNLAND, followed by an hour-long Q&A w/three panelists.

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For decades, child welfare authorities have been removing Native American children from their homes to save them from being Indian. In Maine, the first official “truth and reconciliation commission” in the United States begins a historic investigation. National News & Documentary Emmy® award winning film DAWNLAND goes behind-the-scenes as this historic body grapples with difficult truths, redefines reconciliation, and charts a new course for state and tribal relations.

The screening will be preceded by a brief introduction and followed by an hour-long Q&A with three speaker panelists associated with the film.


Upstander Project’s work is rooted in our vision for the future and our mission for today. Every project we embark on, event we host, and workshop we facilitate is part of our effort to move toward the better world we believe we can build together.

Upstander Project uses storytelling to amplify silenced narratives, develop upstander skills to challenge systemic injustice, and nurture compassionate, courageous relationships that honor the interconnection of all beings and the Earth.

Upstander Project’s work is rooted in the idea that the Earth and its inhabitants thrive when humans acknowledge and nurture the complex relationships that connect us all. In 2009, Mishy Lesser and Adam Mazo founded Upstander Project (then the Coexist Learning Project) in response to the conflict they were witnessing in societies around the world. They believed — and still do — that when we forget that we are part of a larger, interconnected community, we are more likely to cause harm. We lose our power to protect and nurture ourselves and our communities.

There are many paths to becoming an upstander, but we at Upstander Project believe one of the most powerful is storytelling. Our small team is dedicated to telling stories that have been silenced, and through them encouraging people to engage in self-reflection and meaningful dialogue. We do not view our documentaries as films to be sent out into the world on their own, but rather as part of a constellation of resources to help people see that it is possible to face hard truths about ourselves personally and collectively, find our place in the world, and use that understanding to build strong, just communities.

Wherever you are in your lifelong journey toward being an upstander, we invite you to explore the resources on our website. Watch our films, reflect on the stories, learn from our guides, and engage in our community. We are all learning together here.



Stanley-Whitman House is a living history center and museum that teaches through the collection, preservation, research, and dynamic interpretation of the history and culture of early Farmington. Programs, events, classes, and exhibits encourage visitors of all ages to immerse themselves in history by doing, acting, questioning, and engaging in colonial life and the ideas that formed the foundation of that culture.


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This program was generously supported by a Connecticut Humanities Quick Grant which supports strong humanities projects that are accessible to all of Connecticut’s residents.

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