the restorative practices film series

 cast and crew of Relational Mindfulness with Lee Mun Wah

featured presenter

LEE MUN WAH- FEATURED PRESENTER - is an internationally acclaimed Chinese-American documentary film-maker and master mindfulness and diversity trainer. His ground-breaking films have been seen by 30 million people worldwide, and are standard curriculum in diversity and inclusion trainings the world over. He has developed a mindful facilitation methodology over 35 years, and has worked internationally in government (the Pentagon, Department of Defense, etc.), academia, corporations, and non-profits the world over. As the website for his company  Stirfry Seminars and Consulting  says, “We bridge attitudes and values to reflect and honor differences through dialogue. We support communities to view diversity as a gift and a contribution. Together, in partner-ship, we create safe, authentic environments where trust is experienced and relationships are transformed.”

LEE MUN WAH- FEATURED PRESENTER - is an internationally acclaimed Chinese-American documentary film-maker and master mindfulness and diversity trainer. His ground-breaking films have been seen by 30 million people worldwide, and are standard curriculum in diversity and inclusion trainings the world over. He has developed a mindful facilitation methodology over 35 years, and has worked internationally in government (the Pentagon, Department of Defense, etc.), academia, corporations, and non-profits the world over. As the website for his company Stirfry Seminars and Consulting says, “We bridge attitudes and values to reflect and honor differences through dialogue. We support communities to view diversity as a gift and a contribution. Together, in partner-ship, we create safe, authentic environments where trust is experienced and relationships are transformed.”

host

GABRIEL KRAM- HOST- is a Christian White man of Sephardic Jewish ancestry, and the Founder of  Applied Mindfulness  & the convener of the  Restorative Practices Alliance . He is producing and directing the Restorative Practices Film Series, of which this film project is a part.

GABRIEL KRAM- HOST- is a Christian White man of Sephardic Jewish ancestry, and the Founder of Applied Mindfulness & the convener of the Restorative Practices Alliance. He is producing and directing the Restorative Practices Film Series, of which this film project is a part.

participants

EARL SIMMS- PARTICIPANT- is an African-American man, an applied mindfulness facilitator and a leading voice in the implementation of mindfulness and violence reduction practices. He is the Northern California Regional Executive Director of  The Timeslist Group . Speaking from a perspective of lived experience as a formerly incarcerated African American man who literally found his freedom through mindfulness, he is purposeful and intent on demystifying the practice of mindfulness to the population he serves.

EARL SIMMS- PARTICIPANT- is an African-American man, an applied mindfulness facilitator and a leading voice in the implementation of mindfulness and violence reduction practices. He is the Northern California Regional Executive Director of The Timeslist Group. Speaking from a perspective of lived experience as a formerly incarcerated African American man who literally found his freedom through mindfulness, he is purposeful and intent on demystifying the practice of mindfulness to the population he serves.

TIARA MALDONALDO is a Black woman, and an applied mindfulness facilitator who was born to a single teenage mother in Oakland, CA. She has experienced extreme racism and has done deep healing and awareness work to actively engage mindfulness to build her capacity to reflectively engage her experiences, own the fullness of her emotional experience, and speak truth. Tiara is passionate about building healthy systems that transcend the derogatory narratives placed on people of color and thwart widely held stigmas.

TIARA MALDONALDO is a Black woman, and an applied mindfulness facilitator who was born to a single teenage mother in Oakland, CA. She has experienced extreme racism and has done deep healing and awareness work to actively engage mindfulness to build her capacity to reflectively engage her experiences, own the fullness of her emotional experience, and speak truth. Tiara is passionate about building healthy systems that transcend the derogatory narratives placed on people of color and thwart widely held stigmas.

DOUG WOODSON, LMFT is an applied mindfulness facilitator and a Marriage and Family Therapist who grew up as a mixed child in segregated South Virginia. After college, he joined the navy to serve the United States before, during, and after the traumatic events of 9/11. Having suffered from panic attacks and PTSD, he embarked on an intense journey of healing and self- discovery and expanded his awareness by limiting technology use and reconnecting with his mind and body through meditation, nature, therapy, and reflection.

DOUG WOODSON, LMFT is an applied mindfulness facilitator and a Marriage and Family Therapist who grew up as a mixed child in segregated South Virginia. After college, he joined the navy to serve the United States before, during, and after the traumatic events of 9/11. Having suffered from panic attacks and PTSD, he embarked on an intense journey of healing and self- discovery and expanded his awareness by limiting technology use and reconnecting with his mind and body through meditation, nature, therapy, and reflection.

KATRIN WELCH is a Greek-American woman, an applied mindfulness facilitator and mindfulness instructor who reflects on technology and privilege in our self-awareness and the mindfulness movement at large.

KATRIN WELCH is a Greek-American woman, an applied mindfulness facilitator and mindfulness instructor who reflects on technology and privilege in our self-awareness and the mindfulness movement at large.

ŞERIFE WONG is a Turkish Hawaiian an artist, activist and founder of  Icarus Salon , an initiative that centers justice and inclusion in the governance of artificial intelligence and ethics of emerging technology.

ŞERIFE WONG is a Turkish Hawaiian an artist, activist and founder of Icarus Salon, an initiative that centers justice and inclusion in the governance of artificial intelligence and ethics of emerging technology.

RUCHA CHITNIS is a photojournalist, writer and an emerging filmmaker. Her stories highlight the power and agency of women and frontline communities rising and raising their voices in the face of ecological and climate chaos and economic inequities. Her work elevates a narrative of hope and resilience in the face of an ethnocentric lens that often erases and dehumanizes communities of color. Rucha is the producer of  I n the Land of My Ancestors  , an award-winning documentary short that celebrates the living legacy of beloved Ohlone elder, Ann Marie Sayers. You can read her stories and photo essays here:   www.awomanslens.com

RUCHA CHITNIS is a photojournalist, writer and an emerging filmmaker. Her stories highlight the power and agency of women and frontline communities rising and raising their voices in the face of ecological and climate chaos and economic inequities. Her work elevates a narrative of hope and resilience in the face of an ethnocentric lens that often erases and dehumanizes communities of color. Rucha is the producer of In the Land of My Ancestors, an award-winning documentary short that celebrates the living legacy of beloved Ohlone elder, Ann Marie Sayers. You can read her stories and photo essays here: www.awomanslens.com

ERIC PANKONIN is a European-American man living with his wife and 3 childen in the flatlands of Oakland. By trade he is an artisanal contractor. He is in reflection about what it means to be a white man in a White Supremacist Patriarchy and has done unlearning racism work with Lee Mun Wah.

ERIC PANKONIN is a European-American man living with his wife and 3 childen in the flatlands of Oakland. By trade he is an artisanal contractor. He is in reflection about what it means to be a white man in a White Supremacist Patriarchy and has done unlearning racism work with Lee Mun Wah.

COURTNEY SPENCER, LMFT, is a Caucasian Jewish woman who works as a therapist at the James Baldwin Academy, a non-public school in San Leandro, California, where she serves children and families from a diversity of ethnic backgrounds.

COURTNEY SPENCER, LMFT, is a Caucasian Jewish woman who works as a therapist at the James Baldwin Academy, a non-public school in San Leandro, California, where she serves children and families from a diversity of ethnic backgrounds.

crew

INA MARIA , Director of Photography, is a Norwegian freelance filmmaker based in San Francisco, California with a background in directing and producing documentaries.

INA MARIA, Director of Photography, is a Norwegian freelance filmmaker based in San Francisco, California with a background in directing and producing documentaries.

JON HARTMAN , Camera Operator and Editor, is a ‘white dude’ specializing in all things Apple. His background includes videography, sound, and production. He is the editor of the Restorative Practices film series. When we started shooting in 4K he had to buy a new computer.

JON HARTMAN, Camera Operator and Editor, is a ‘white dude’ specializing in all things Apple. His background includes videography, sound, and production. He is the editor of the Restorative Practices film series. When we started shooting in 4K he had to buy a new computer.

NEHEMIAH HAYS, Digital Imaging Technician (DIT) worked for 3 years in video production, and is a professional photographer

NEHEMIAH HAYS, Digital Imaging Technician (DIT) worked for 3 years in video production, and is a professional photographer

OLIMPIA MORENO , Production Assistant, has worked in film and television production, and is a professional photographer.

OLIMPIA MORENO, Production Assistant, has worked in film and television production, and is a professional photographer.