Cracking the Codes Press Release

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World Trust & DePaul University Announce the Premiere of Cracking the Codes in Chicago Thursday September 27th 6pm New Racial Equity Film begins U.S. Tour. Film clips will be braided with dialogue facilitated by Shakti Butler. The event is ideal for people yearning for social change yet wary of conversation about race. Chicago — A multi-city tour of the new documentary film Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity will begin with a world premiere and community film/dialogue event in Chicago on Thursday, September 27th at DePaul University in Chicago. Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity, asks America to talk about the causes and consequences of systemic inequity. The film includes moving personal accounts that illuminate a system that perpetuates structural inequity. The film features 23 leaders in the equity movement including: Amer Ahmed, Joy DeGruy, Ise Lyfe, Peggy McIntosh, Hugh Vasquez and Tim Wise. The event is sponsored by DePaul University and is open to the community at large. The collaboration between DePaul and World Trust was natural given DePaul’s focus on educational experiences that weave “mind, people, place and heart.”  “I am delighted that DePaul University can serve as host for the inaugural screening of… Read more »

Connie Heller: Family, Bias & the Front Desk

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 Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity delves into the internal components and external relationships that perpetuate the system of racial inequity. The Internal Components section of the film features Connie Heller describing the impact of bias on her family’s experience trying to check-in to a hotel. It is with powerful stories like Connie’s that the film Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity reframes the conversation about race in the U.S. to include systemic inequity. Connie, a philanthropist and activist explains her participation, “Cracking the Codes is particularly important as an educational tool because it reflects the complexity of marginalization and how it works at multiple levels—from individual to systemic—and how we must focus on working at all levels.” Cracking the Codes is designed for dialogue. Says Connie, “By using interviews, art and other modes of engaging material, Cracking the Codes supports the viewer’s capacity to have a rich, fulfilling and purposeful conversation on difficult topics, which ultimately will deepen their capacity as individuals to work for change in all of their spheres of influence.” Currently available for pre-order, the film Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity releases at the end of October.  

Hugh Vasquez & Internalized Racism: a Father, a Son and a Photo

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In this clip, Hugh Vasquez from National Equity Project, reveals an intimate story about growing up with Mexican heritage in the United States.  He and his father demonstrate the profound effects of internalized racism.  He says,”I wanted to bring his [my father’s] pains to light so that healing could begin, not just for my dad, but for many others who are held back by internalized racism, including myself.” The film Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity contains three sections that correspond to World Trust’s framing of the self-perpetuating system of racial inequity: Section 1: Social Determinants: History, Identity & Culture Section 2: Internal Components: Bias, Privilege, Internalized Racism Section 3: External Relationships: Interpersonal, Institutional, Structural Designed for dialogue, the film works to disentangle internal beliefs, attitudes and pre-judgments within, and it builds skills to address the structural drivers of social and economic inequities. Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity is available for pre-order purchase through September.  Purchase includes a free 6 month subscription to the World Trust’s racial equity learning modules.  Contact us about hosting a film and dialogue event!

Joy DeGruy: “You can’t separate the head and the heart”

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This clip of author and professor, Joy DeGruy is from Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity.  In it she shares how her sister-in-law’s usage of privilege puts an end to an uncomfortable trip to the grocery store. Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity reveals how racial inequity in the U.S. is driven by a system in which personal bias, internalized privilege/oppression and identity play out externally in interpersonal encounters, institutions, policy and law. The film designed for dialogue.  It works to interrupt the self-perpetuating system of inequity at both the internal and external levels by using a head and heart approach to racial equity and healing education. Joy DeGruy affirms this approach saying, “To me, there is no separation between the head and the heart.  Racism, social injustice, inequity—all of these things cannot be solved by policy alone.  We can fix the structures in place, but if we don’t look inside ourselves and change our hearts then we’re just putting a band aid on the problem, we’re not really changing the way we think or feel.” Be a part of the conversation and pre-order the film for a discounted rate before our September release!

Pre-Sale Pricing through September!

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Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity is now available for pre-sale prior to shipment in September!  This pre-sale price will only be available through September.Take advantage of our special institutional rate of $199.00.  Once we begin our multi-city film/dialogue tour, the film will sell for an institutional price of  $350.00.   This compelling new World Trust documentary is designed for dialogue: “I was impressed with Dr. Butler’s ability and willingness to integrate an appeal to the spirit with an explanation of systemic oppression, to consider the whole person and to address issues from that perspective. The clips from Cracking the Codes were able to bring people into a situation very effectively, to inspire empathy and break down the distance between audience and subject in a way that bridges intellect and heart.” Janice R. Welsch, Professor Emerita Co-Director, Expanding Cultural Diversity Project Western Illinois University Interested in bringing Shakti Butler to your event?  Contact us for more information!

What are people saying?

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“Part story telling, part toolbox, Cracking the Codes deftly portrays the complex interplay between the personal, institutional and systemic.  Cracking the Codes helps us pull the lens back so we can see the landscape of racialization and racial and are shaped by it.  It will be an invaluable resource for anyone who has ever wondered how to get this conversation started-and keep it going.” Makani Themba-Nixon, Executive Director The Praxis Project   “Smart, timely and necessary challenge to the nation to address what race means to all of us.” Maya Wiley, Executive Director The Center for Social Inclusion       “Cracking the Codes asks viewers to understand the costs of systemic racial inequity.  Building a world that works for everyone isn’t just the right thing to do, it’s the only way to fulfill the American Dream.  This unconventional film project challenges us to do just that.” Van Jones, Co-Founder Rebuilding the Dream Want to be a part of the conversation? Pre-order the film today to get a discounted rate and start changing the way we discuss race!