“JOURNEYS IN THE LIGHT, Democracy, Diversity, and Myth in the Wake of the Mayflower” Film

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Date(s) - May 25, 2023
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


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The film’s creators look beyond the iconic Euro-centric Mayflower story to present highlights in the history of the African American, and Cape Verdean people in this region since the arrival of the English settlers in 1620. They find in the Mayflower Compact, and antecedents in Native American governance, powerful relevance for the divided America of today. JOURNEYS IN THE LIGHT tells its tale through the eyes, historical research, and works of art of the vibrant community surrounding Zion Union Heritage Museum in Hyannis. The documentary, filmed and produced by Janet Murphy Robertson of ArtistsAndMusicians.org, features important local artists including Robin Joyce Miller, Carl Lopes, Pamela Chatterton Purdy, Joe Diggs, Michael Alfano, Sean Cassidy, Vasco Pires, and others.

Janet is the founder and executive director of ArtistsAndMusicians.org, a firm that has put the spotlight on creative and socially conscious people and produced plays, films, and musical events since 2008. In 2021, she founded Shoestring Virtual Theater, which produces films using a mix of techniques and technologies native to theater, film, and TV. She is a graduate of Vassar College and pursued additional studies in philosophy and literature at Nanterre University (France) and Drew University. Her other films include the newly released “Dreams from a Planet in Peril”, created in collaboration with playwright/journalist/environmentalist Lee Roscoe; “Icons of the Civil Rights Movement”, based on Pamela Chatterton-Purdy and Rev. Dr. David A. Purdy’s landmark exhibition by this name; and “JOURNEYS IN THE LIGHT, Untold Stories of Cape Cod”, produced in 2015 with the late John L. Reed, Executive Director of Zion Union Heritage Museum.