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Odyssey Impact® demonstrates its commitment to diversity with over 30 years’ experience promoting multi-faith dialogue and collaboration. In addition to being a safe space for people of all faith traditions to have their voices and stories heard and respected, Odyssey Impact® is dedicated to revealing and challenging racial stereotypes and injustices through our films, impact campaigns, and being an inclusive, welcoming environment for all, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, disability, age, or ideology.
Odyssey Impact®’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) initiative is guided by its Diversity Committee, a dedicated collective of faith and secular leaders, as well as, subject matter experts who lend their expertise and passion to advancing Odyssey Impact®’s goal of creating an inclusive and collaborative environment for all. If you are interested in learning about opportunities to join Odyssey Impact®’s Diversity Committee, please email [email protected].
#MyJustice Film Award
Odyssey Impact® actively strives to foster a more diverse and inclusive documentary film industry. With generous support from Paramount and its initiative Content for Change Academy, Odyssey Impact® has partnered with DOC NYC to present the inaugural #MyJustice Film Award — A $10,000 cash prize and an Odyssey-led, six-month, National Social Impact Campaign for one DOC NYC Official Selection! We created the #MyJustice Film Award to spark brave and healing conversations, because we know how impactful film can be for challenging injustices and inspiring social change.
Healing the Healers
Odyssey Impact®’s commitment to multifaith education and engagement is demonstrated in its Healing the Healers series, which is a multimedia video resource featuring intimate peer-to-peer conversations between faith leaders on issues of crisis and trauma. The Healing the Healers video series and written resources include contributions from exceptional faith leaders representing a diversity of faith traditions, ages, cultures, and genders, including perspectives from the LGBTQIA community. Furthermore, the Healing the Healers town hall conversations strive to build a virtual community where faith leaders and changemakers can share their experiences and learn from each other’s unique perspectives, while addressing the most urgent issues of our time.
“I… Can’t…. Breathe……” The words and the pictures of the last moments of George Floyd’s life as it ebbs away beneath the knee of a police officer charged to protect and serve, haunt me as they will haunt you. They enrage me as they will enrage you. And yet they energize me as they must energize you.
You have partnered with us at Odyssey Impact® to call out and fight injustice by taking the courageous step of connecting with people and communities whose voices are often unheard. You have been inspired by our films, and we have been inspired by your commitment to fighting racism. We all stand in unwavering solidarity with the black community demanding racial justice.
On #BlackOutTuesday, Odyssey Impact® closed to hold space for mental health, as we have done every second Monday since the inception of the COVID-19 crisis. Now, especially as our fellow staff members of color, in particular, face continued systemic trauma, we find these days to be of even more importance. I can only imagine the brunt of the weight held in balancing the onslaught of violence against Black people and the daily challenges of working, parenting and simply existing amongst COVID-19 and more. I am also aware that this emotional load to carry existed before the headlines of the week.
We will continue to honor and acknowledge these moments in the films we make and the campaigns we run. We believe that #BlackLivesMatter and we know that we and our network of Faith leaders and changemakers believe this to be self-evidently true. For those that are still trying to find your voice on this matter, we understand it may take time, but we also believe and expect that infinite silence is not an option. As the Minneapolis police chief said last night “being silent is complicit”.
I and my colleagues at Odyssey Impact® are here to lift up your voices, events, messages and prayers in the face of this violation of humanity. As people of faith we are called to be catalysts for truth and justice.
I pledge that Odyssey Impact® will continue to lift up the films and stories that will shake our nation and root out systemic racism. I pledge that through our impact campaigns we will lift up the work you do. Together we will work to create a culture where hate and discrimination have no place.
To quote Martin Luther King Jr. “We can do no other”.
President and CEO
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