How This Film Came to Be Made — and Where We Hope to Go From Here [PDF]
Building Community, Building Hope had its origins in the Children's Bureau's recognition of the frustrationswe know that many who work in the field of child maltreatment prevention and intervention often feel related to the frequent disconnect between what you know and what you do, and the difficulties you often experience in trying to build the partnerships that are so essential to protecting children and strengthening families. We wanted to set the table for conversations about ways to overcome these frustrations by showcasing what is working.
We chose a film as a way to move forward because film can inspire, and is a powerful way to reach both minds ands hearts. We thought that film was the right media for the positive storytelling we wanted to do about the ways people are putting research into practice and forming partnerships that make a difference.
The film had its origins in a series of conversations with leaders at all levels from around the country about the current state of child maltreatment. The conversations were led by the filmmakers, The Department of Expansion, a Los Angeles-based film production company whose track record included powerful, positive, narrative films on issues just as complex as child welfare and achieving child, family and community well-being. The insights they gathered were shared with Children's Bureay leadership, resulting in agreement on the messaging strategy that underlies all the Building Community, Building Hope stories.
The Children's Bureau provided recommendations to the filmmakers about several innovative programs that were directly or indirectly funded in whole or part with CB funding. (Inclusion of the programs in the film does not imply an endorsement of the program.)
This film represents 'Phase I' of a multi-year Children's Bureau endeavor. Phase II will add to the library of in-depth "working" films, each designed to dig deep around a particular solutions story.