I Am From Here

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September 23, 2020
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I Am From Here features BIPOC educators and students sharing their personal stories of living in and going to school in Vermont. It was directed by Bess O'Brien and commissioned by the Vermont NEA.

Following the film, filmmaker Bess O’Brien will chat with interviewees from the film to find out what changes have occurred in Vermont since the film was produced in 2018. We welcome you to join the conversation as well.


Bonnie Johnson-Aten is the Principal of Edmunds Elementary School in Burlington.

Zora Vermilya is a recent graduate from Sarah Lawrence College, currently a writer and high school English teacher in training at Concord Academy in Concord, MA.

Noel Riby-Williams is an activist and graduate of Montpellier High School. She is currently a Junior studying Health Science at the University of Vermont.

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I am From Here

Originally created for public school staff, teachers, and administrators in Vermont, this film was commissioned by the Vermont-NEA Racial Justice Task Force in collaboration with the National Education Association. The film includes interviews with parents, community members, educators, and students who share their accounts of living in and going to school in Vermont. These accounts reflect the views and experiences of many people of color around the state. This film and the virtual toolkit "Advancing Racial Equity in Vermont's Public Schools" will support actions by schools and communities to address racial disparities, bias, and other issues of equity regarding students and staff of color.

120 minutes


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