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About Image Bearer Pictures & Laura Waters Hinson

At Image Bearer Pictures, we believe that stories matter. Big or small, stories are what help us to make sense of our lives. Stories show us what we’re capable of as human beings. They caution us not to repeat the same mistakes and offer a vision for a better future. Stories locate the thread of hope through the chaos of life. The right stories can even give us purpose and meaning.

Founded in 2008 by filmmaker Laura Waters Hinson, Image Bearer Pictures is anLaura Portrait award-winning production company in Washington, DC. specializing in feature-length and short films as well as commercial projects. Laura’s first feature documentary, As We Forgive, about Rwanda’s reconciliation movement, won the 2008 student Academy Award for Best Documentary, as well as the Audience Award at the National Geographic All Roads Film Festival and the Cinema for Peace award in Berlin. Laura’s films have been broadcast on PBS stations nationwide, and have been presented at the US Congress, the United Nations, the National Gallery of Art, the Library of Congress and dozens of universities and civic institutions. Image Bearer Pictures is also the recipient of a John Templeton Foundation grant that enabled Laura to co-found the As We Forgive Rwanda Initiative, a Rwandan-led educational non-profit organization aimed at harnessing the power of film to promote healing after genocide. The program has since reached more than 100,000 Rwandans with its film and discussion program.

In recent years, Laura has since produced several other films including Mama Rwanda (2016), Dog Days (2013), and Many Beautiful Things (2016).  She has worked with actors such as Mia Farrow, Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey) and John Rhys-Davies (Lord of the Rings). Laura received a MFA in filmmaking from American University, a BA in Political Science and Communication from Furman University, and has worked in the past as a Creative Arts Director, as a development coordinator for the Discovery Health Channel, and as a research assistant for MSNBC host Chris Matthews.


Many Beautiful Things - World Premiere at Manchester International Film Festival July 2015

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From Executive Producer Hisao Kurosawa, (Dreams, Ran), comes the untold story of one of the world’s greatest women artists and why her name was nearly lost to history. Many Beautiful Things plunges viewers into the complex age of Victorian England to meet Lilias Trotter, a daring young woman who defied all norms by winning the favor of England’s top art critic, John Ruskin.  In an era when women were thought incapable of producing high art, Ruskin promised that her work could be “immortal.” But with her legacy on the line, Lilias made a stunning decision that bids us to question the limits of sacrifice. As Lilias journeys to French Algeria in the late 1800’s to pioneer work with women and children, viewers are left to wonder, “Could you abandon a dream to pursue your true calling?”  Featuring the voices of Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey) and John Rhys-Davies (Lord of the Rings, Indiana Jones).  Directed by award-winning filmmaker Laura Waters Hinson (As We Forgive) with original music by Sleeping at Last.  U.S. Premiere at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC 2016.

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As We Forgive - Winner, 2008 student Academy Award for Best Doc

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Could you forgive a person who murdered your family? This is the question faced by the subjects of As We Forgive, a documentary about Rosaria and Chantal—two Rwandan women coming face-to-face with the men who slaughtered their families during the 1994 genocide. The subjects of As We Forgive speak for a nation still wracked by the grief of a genocide that killed one in eight Rwandans in 1994. Overwhelmed by an enormous backlog of court cases, the government has returned over 50,000 genocide perpetrators back to the very communities they helped to destroy. Without the hope of full justice, Rwanda has turned to a new solution: Reconciliation. But can it be done? Can survivors truly forgive the killers who destroyed their families? Can the government expect this from its people? And can the church, which failed at moral leadership during the genocide, fit into the process of reconciliation today? In As We Forgive, director Laura Waters Hinson and narrator Mia Farrow explore these topics through the lives of four neighbors once caught in opposite tides of a genocidal bloodbath, and their extraordinary journey from death to life through forgiveness.  Winner of 2008 student Academy Award for Best Documentary.

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Mama Rwanda - Fall 2016

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MAMA RWANDA examines a new generation of Rwandan women whose passion for entrepreneurship is transforming Rwanda into one of the world’s fastest growing economies. A tale of working mothers who endured genocide, Mama Rwanda is a deeply intimate portrait of two women on journeys to build peace through prosperity creation. Winner Best Documentary at BlissFest 2016, Finalist for Best Documentary at the 2016 Heartland Film Festival.

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Dog Days - US premiere at Heartland Film Fest 2013

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Plunging into the colorful, micro-entrepreneurial underworld of street vending in the nation’s capital, DOG DAYS follows two unlikely business partners as they challenge the status quo by offering Washingtonians a gourmet alternative to the ubiquitous hot dog.  Coite, an unemployed industrial engineer with no kitchen experience, comes under the culinary guidance of his idiosyncratic Aunt Deane and her harp to launch “Food Chain.”  Staking his meager life savings on the new business, he hopes to help the city’s 300 remaining street vendors compete with the food truck craze that’s driving hotdog customers away in droves. Amidst the worst economy since the Great Depression, will Coite’s gastronomic vision turn into a street-food sensation?  Or will his hopes be squelched by hostile regulations? DOG DAYS journeys to a world within a world where the underdogs of DC street vending speak for a nation wondering if the American Dream can still become a reality.

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