|Television & RadioMara Alper|
|Documentary Film making, Psychological Traumas, Women in Science|
An award-winning media artist and filmmaker, Mara Alper has made two documentaries on the ways that victims of abuse and other traumas have managed to come to peace with their pain. Counselors, clergy, and therapists have screened and discussed her recent film, "Forgiveness," in prisons, community centers, mental health centers, and campus ministries. In addition to the psychology of forgiveness, Alper has a strong interest in the struggles of indigenous tribes of Mexico. In "Regeneration," a documentary in progress, she interviews people from various cultures to examine their experiences of growing older. In "First Tribes: The Huicholes of Mexico," another work in progress, Alper portrays indigenous people confronting forces that threaten their age-old culture. In conjunction with her interests in other cultures, she has also studied sacred dance from around the world. An advocate for women considering careers in science, she founded the Maria Mitchell Women in Science Award.
Alper's recent documentary, "Forgiveness," reveals the psychological and philosophical paths to forgiveness taken by a prisoner, a recovering alcoholic, a grieving mother and renowned world leader Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Therapists, psychologists and spiritual healing practitioners have screened and discussed the film in classrooms, community centers, prisons, mental health centers, alcohol and drug rehabilitation programs, alternatives to incarceration programs and campus ministry programs.
World mythologies and religions, particularly the work of Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell.
Sacred dance from around the world and to unique travel experiences in Europe, Asia and Central America.