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Please join Futures Without Violence for the first-ever Storyteller Summit, presented by the Courage Museum, in collaboration with Actual Films. The afternoon program will feature a series of participatory discussions with an inspiring group of  individuals who have chosen to share their experiences with gender and race-based discrimination and violence, for the inaugural Empathy Mirror installation at the upcoming Courage Museum in San Francisco. 

Throughout the afternoon, we will take participants behind the scenes as storytellers engage in roundtable discussions with two of the installation’s award-winning documentary filmmakers, Bonni Cohen and Bing Liu, who are producing and directing this groundbreaking interactive storytelling experience in collaboration with the museum’s award-winning experience design firm, Local Projects. 

Audience engagement and networking opportunities will be embedded in the schedule to allow for deeper engagement with other attendees, as well as the storytellers and directors. 

Space is very limited. Please be sure to RSVP as soon as possible.


The Open Square at Futures Without Violence
100 Montgomery Street, The Presidio
San Francisco, CA 94129


Tuesday, October 24, 2023


Storyteller Summit Schedule

11:30am – 12:00pm  Tour of the design plans for the Courage Museum (optional) 

12:00pm – 1:00pm  Casual lunch & Keynote 

1:15pm – 2:30 pm  Empathy Mirror Storyteller Roundtable Discussion #1

2:30pm – 3:00pm  Networking Break

3:15pm – 4:30PM  Empathy Mirror Storyteller Roundtable Discussion #2

4:45pm – 5:30PM  Closing remarks & Reception

Special Thanks to: 

Deborah Sara Santana as our Presenting Sponsor, for making this day a reality, and for her lead investment in the Courage Museum. 

Patricia Lee Hoffmann, for her long-standing support of FUTURES and the development of the Courage Museum.

To inquire about event sponsorship opportunities, please contact Nancy Sackson. (



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The Empathy Mirrors installation is the emotional pinnacle of the visitor journey in the Courage Museum. Within this gallery, visitors will engage with a range of storytellers as they share their experiences of witnessing or surviving hate, discrimination and/or violence, and the courage they each demonstrated in the face of adversity. Through empathetic listening and developmentally appropriate, reflective Q & A interactions between storytellers and participants, visitors will be prompted to consider their own capacity for moral courage and action.

Featured Empathy Mirror Directors


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Bonni Cohen

Bonni has produced and directed an array of award-winning films since co-founding Actual Films over 20 years ago with her film partner, Jon Shenk. Most recently, she produced the Oscar-nominated film LEAD ME HOME, which premiered at the 2021 Telluride Film Festival and is a Netflix Original. She also recently co-directed ATHLETE A, which won an Emmy for Outstanding Investigative Documentary and received four nominations from the Critics’ Choice Awards. In 2010, Bonni co-founded the Catapult Film Fund.


bing director img Bing Liu

Bing is a China-born, Midwest-raised filmmaker best known for directing MINDING THE GAP, which was nominated for Best Feature Documentary at the 91st Academy Awards and won a Peabody. He was also a segment director on AMERICA TO ME, which premiered on Starz and was hailed as one of the best TV shows of the year. He co-directed ALL THESE SONS with Josh Altman, which won Best Cinematography at the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival and the Maysles Award at the Denver International Film Festival.


Featured Empathy Mirror Storytellers


Aalayah storytellers summitAalayah Eastmond

A survivor of the 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, Aalayah Eastmond is a student at Trinity Washington University where she is studying Criminal Justice and preparing to go to law school. Aalayah is an activist and advocate for gun violence prevention, social justice, and racial equality, and she is affiliated with the Brady Campaign’s Team Enough, where her work focuses on raising awareness and working towards solutions to end gun violence in Black and Brown communities.

Angela storyteller imageAngela Kim
Angela is a survivor of teen dating violence and an abusive relationship that extended into college. At the age of 16, Angela struggled to recognize the signs of abuse as she became increasingly isolated from friends and family. Now as an adult, Angela is dedicating her career to violence prevention education for parents and youth. In her capacity as a youth development specialist with the Los Angeles County Department of Youth, Angela is able to draw on her experiences of living through an abusive relationship as a young person and share specific moments of significance and transformation.
David and jess storyteller imageDavid and Jessica Fuller
A self-proclaimed “accidental activist” David Fuller lived a seemingly quiet life as a Sergeant with the Gadsden Police Department in Alabama for several decades before losing his wife, Jennifer to cystic fibrosis. Shortly after Jennifer’s death, David’s daughter, Jess, who was 16 at the time, came out as transgender. Not knowing very much about what it meant to raise a transgender child, without hesitation, David set out to learn as much as he could about how best to support his daughter. Together, David and Jess are navigating a challenging social and political landscape while staying focused on Jess’s health, safety and wellbeing. As a result, David has testified in front of the Alabama State House Committee against policies that would outlaw gender-affirming medical care for trans youth.
Luz image for courage museumLuz Hernandez
By the time Luz Hernandez was 14 years old, she had endured years of abuse at the hands of men who were supposed to protect and care for her. Dreaming of a better life in America, Luz made the courageous but dangerous decision to leave Honduras in search of an education. Immediately upon her arrival in the Bay Area, Luz found herself navigating the U.S. Immigration & Foster Care systems as an undocumented youth. After several harmful experiences in foster care, Luz was assigned a case worker who understood her and wanted to help. With her support, Luz went on to complete high school, college, and most recently, a master’s program in social work at U.C. Berkeley. Today, Luz is working in support of other undocumented youth to support and protect them as they navigate the systems and work toward safety, justice, and opportunity.
Tana image for courage museumTana Greene
At the young age of 16, Tana Greene became a child bride, a high school dropout, and victim of domestic violence. At the time, Tana did not identify as a victim of domestic abuse because it was not an experience that she had any firsthand knowledge of or experience with growing up. As Tana’s world grew smaller, more isolated, and harmful, Tana made a commitment to herself and to her son, to never be in a position where she was reliant on anyone for anything, especially money. Through great personal determination and some critical support from family and advocates along the way, Tana was able to flee the relationship and ultimately became a serial entrepreneur, gaining financial and emotional freedom.