Friday, February 4, 2011

A New Project ...

I'm delighted to have been asked to participate in a new project of Pacific Lutheran University's MediaLab . This award-winning group, based in Washington State, is producing a full length documentary on Compassion Fatigue which is due to premiere in the fall of 2011.

The new film is designed to give a broad look at how first responders, other front line workers, volunteers, family caregivers, and even those who support disaster response organizations financially can become overwhelmed and rendered impotent by their knowledge of others' suffering. It will define CF, discuss it's effects on helpers and their families, and explore strategies for prevention, recovery and resilience.

We are fortunate to have such a skilled group of students taking on the task of raising public awareness regarding compassion fatigue. It will also be wonderful to have this new film as another tool in our CF toolkits.

Other films by the MediaLab group include "Illicit Exchanges", a documentary about the influence of drugs and guns in North America and "Point of Entry", a film which explored immigration in the US and Canada. These films have won numerous national awards including college division Emmy nominations.

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