Transforming Narratives of Gun Violence

Documentary Screening and Discussion at Brigham & Women's Hospital

Tuesday, April 11, 2023, 09:00 PM
Stepping Strong Injury Prevention Center 45 Francis Street Boston, MA 02115

Join The Stepping Strong Injury Prevention Program for an exciting event featuring the Transforming Narratives of Gun Violence initiative to present two of their short films followed by a panel discussion including key participants from the films.

The event is part of the program's informational series to educate stakeholders on various injury prevention topics. The audience is open to anyone who is interested but primarily consists of our injury prevention program stakeholders from fields such as trauma, emergency medicine, public health, research, policy and community-based organizations.

If you'd like to attend the event virtually, please register here.

Transforming Narratives of Gun Violence

The Transforming Narratives of Gun Violence is a three-year initiative consisting of the Engagement Lab at Emerson College, the Gun Violence Prevention Center at Massachusetts General Hospital, and the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute to transform narratives of gun violence. Through a collaborative design approach, this initiative centers those most impacted by the effects of gun violence in the exploration and creation of narrative interventions to restore urgency, dignity, and humanity to the pervasive issue of gun violence. While students gain a deeper understanding from those directly impacted by the issue, community participants have the opportunity to gain new skills, have their stories heard, and ultimately co-create media that is personally meaningful and useful to their goals.

About the Films

Quiet Rooms is a 20-minute documentary about the impacts and root causes of gun violence and was co-created by Emerson students and community members. With bracingly honest interviews with community members impacted by gun violence, interwoven with quotes from The New England Journal of Medicine's piece, The Quiet Room, this visually stunning and emotionally charged work reflects the trust in process that was made possible through truly collaborative work.

Before the Bullets was created alongside the Quiet Rooms documentary and features medical professionals from Mass General Hospital and advocates from Brigham’s Violence Recovery Program detailing their experiences and hopes for the future of gun violence prevention. They discuss what else needs to be done besides just patching up the bullet holes.