Schedule Screenings & Workshops
Schedule a screening of Back to Natural. Organizations can choose between four options to fit their community's needs and budget. Dr. Scott-Ward is a New York State Licensed Clinical Psychologist and has over a decade of experience working as a healer and group leader in therapeutic settings.
Essential Level: Back to Natural screening alone. Get access to the film for 24-hours to stream to your entire community.
Silver Level: Back to Natural screening with a 30-minute, in-person Q&A with the director.
Gold Level: Back to Natural screening with an hour-long process group and exploration with the director.
Platinum Level: Back to Natural screening with a customized Healing Workshop. Our Healing Workshop aims to address and explore the impact of race-based stress, racial oppression and trauma on identity, wellness, and self-esteem. Each workshop is customized for your group. We have several modules that organizations can hand pick. From a psychosocial perspective, audience members will learn and explore the impact community, society, and family have on our identity and self-esteem. They will come to understand the impact of race-related stress on functioning and the body and learn concrete interventions for healing like cognitive-behavioral techniques, breath work, and EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), also known as tapping. All audience members will leave with a personalized healing plan and concrete healing tools.
The research is clear, repeated experiences of racism and discrimination can lead to serious psychological symptoms like anxiety, hyper vigilance to threat, anger and hopelessness about the future. The impacts are innumerable and include health challenges, lowered academic performance, identity, and self-esteem issues, just to name a few. Healing is a multi-step process. With Back to Natural and our Healing Workshop, you and your organization are taking steps to acknowledge and address discrimination and it's impacts as well as give your community members tools for wellbeing.
* Back to Natural is a one-of-a-kind reflection of the history of the relationship Black people have with their hair, globally. It uniquely instills pride, encourages reflection, and is a call to action for self and community healing.
* Youth research shows developing positive racial/ethnic identity is directly linked to higher academic achievement, resiliency and self-esteem as well as improved behavior and social skills. Using artistic tools, like documentary film, has been found to be uniquely impactful on positive racial identity development.
* Researchers found "racial pride" is the single most important factor in protecting black students in the face discrimination.
* Back to Natural encourages dialogue between generations, promoting connection, engagement and healing.
* The optional healing based workshop encourages a sense of belonging, positive self-reflection and resiliency in the face of racial oppression as well as encourages empathy and compassion for others.
"This film did a spectacular job of depicting the history and progression of the natural hair movement. It moved me into a place of understanding myself, my history, and my healing journey. I loved how the film incorporated the many complexities and intersections of Blackness. I would definitely recommend the healing workshop! I felt a shift in my spirit, and I am very grateful to Dr. Scott-Ward for her presence and guidance. I especially loved the tapping exercise! The Black community needs this. We need a dynamic combination of education and healing, and the film Back To Natural does just that!" Tamarah T. 21, Black Student Union President, St. Mary's College.
"The workshop is necessary for all schools committed to Black healing." Tom M., 28, Student at St. Mary's College