Earlier this summer, a group of alumni from Anchorage Christian Schools connected through social media over shared experiences that they had during their time there. With the help of an open letter from former Miss Alaska, Ariane Audett, over one hundred and twenty Black, Indigenous, People of Color have shared their stories: decades of racial discrimination and abuse they were victim to while attending ACS and its parent organization, Anchorage Baptist Temple.
Joshua Branstetter is one of the alumni speaking out. He is a filmmaker and photographer, based in Anchorage. In 2020 he was a recipient of a Rasmuson Foundation Fellowship for his work with Absolute Zero, an art and documentary project creating a voice for survivors of abuse throughout Alaska.
ATMI senior producer Cornilius Nelson spoke with Joshua over Zoom on July 28th, 2020, about how his experiences at ACS have shaped him as a filmmaker, activist, parent, and a person.
Hosted by Cornilius Nelson.
Music by Devin Shreckengost.
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