Last week, the New York Time's Lens blog brought to my attention the "I Am Unbeatable" campaign of photographer, producer, videographer, writer, and activist Donna Ferrato, who for several decades has focused her camera on domestic violence and sought to use her photography to raise public awareness and inspire much-needed changes in public policy. Ferrato's multimedia "I Am Unbeatable" project seeks to "document and celebrate stories of self-empowerment" among women across America who have found the courage to rebuild the lives their batterers shattered.
In the video below, which also appears at Indiegogo, Ferrato explains the project for which she is seeking funding. She has until the end of the day Friday, July 27, to realize her financial goal. If you have ever known even one woman who has suffered at the hands of an abuser — sadly, I know the details of stories of at least six women, two of whom were murdered — you know just how important Ferrato's project is.
I have contributed to "I Am Unbeatable". I hope you will, too.
I Am Unbeatable from donna ferrato on Vimeo.
Donna Ferrato, Hedda Nussbaum: A Battered Woman (Video)
Donna Ferrato, Living With the Enemy (A new edition of Ferrato's book, first published in 1991, is to be released through Aperture and will include stories and photographs collected during the "I Am Unbeatable project.)
James Estrin, "Leaving Abuse Behind", July 6, 2012, and "Helping the People Beyond the Pain", The New York Times, Lens Blog, November 9, 2011