Reviews and Festivals
"Calabrese does an excellent job of documenting how this community is working towards reconciliation... This film offers a guide on how a community can move forward collectively in remembering the past while ensuring for a more inclusive future. This film is recommended for any public or academic library collection and should be viewed by local historical societies to better understand how bringing this history to light can have a positive impact on the community at large."
— Educational Media Reviews Online
"UNSPOKEN points to the importance of truth-telling as a way towards healing and racial reconciliation. Bringing to the screen what has remained an open secret for two generations, Calabrese does not shy away from bringing to light buried truths, interrogating her own positionality along the way."
— Dr. Dolly McGehee, Associate Dean for Faculty Development, Director of the Oxford Center for Teaching and Scholarship / Associate Professor of English and American Studies, Oxford College of Emory University
"UNSPOKEN shines a light on the Moore's Ford Lynching, an horrific act of racist violence that has been intentionally hidden from public attention for decades. The film presents voices of the community where this happened, revealing the lasting impact of this trauma and also the hope that honest and inclusive dialogue can break through longstanding divisions and lead to healing."
— R. Alfred Vick, PLA, LEED Fellow / Director of the Environmental Ethics Certificate Program, University of Georgia
"UNSPOKEN gives us a front-row view of the racial and historical trauma and harms in our own communities that we often don't want to address or may not even know about, but certainly still impact and oppress. Stephanie Calabrese walks us through a thoughtful and though provoking approach to understanding the importance and complexities of truth-telling, conversations, community, and reconciliation. The film recognizes the power of inviting everyone to the table in these conversations. To see change, we must know the truth. And then we must do something with and/or about it, together."
— Haley Smith, Chief Diversity and Belonging Officer, Berry College
"Calabrese's intimate approach to the subjects in the film provides both residents and audiences who view the film an avenue of continued reflection and discussion. UNSPOKEN is a conversation starter that challenges viewers to look within themselves and the places they call home."
— Tabitha Lynne Walker, Programmer / Coordinator, Macon Film Festival
"Well-produced with qualitative historical context"
— Kara walker, Executive Director, Morehouse Human Rights Film Festival
"UNSPOKEN sparks an important discussion around our past and steps towards reconciliations. Having been raised in a small town in South Georgia, I strongly recommend that people watch the film to learn about our history."
— Champ Bailey, former NFL Player and Pro Football Hall of Fame Member / Founder, Bailey Companies & Investments
"Stephanie Calabrese's film UNSPOKEN will tug at your heart as it explores misdeeds of years past. I think it's important for stories like this to continue being told so we don't forget our history and can try to reconcile."
— Fish Scales, Grammy-nominated Nappy Roots
"Powerful. UNSPOKEN illuminates the truth in a way that opens our hearts and minds, and encourages important conversations."
— Brooke Langton, actress
"UNSPOKEN amplifies current calls to speed progress for racial justice across America. A thought-provoking and introspective film for those who are willing."
— Ethan Embry, actor
"Impactful and provided a powerful platform to have a tough conversation in a way that promotes unity rather than division."
— Rennie Curran, Former NFL Player / Leadership Coach / Author
Reedy Reels Film Festival, Best Documentary
Rome International Film Festival, Documentary Features, Special Jury Award
Macon Film Festival, Documentary Feature Audience Choice Award
Macon Film Festival
Chagrin Documentary Film Festival
Morehouse College Human Rights Film Festival
Portland Film Festival
Rome International Film Festival
Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival
Reedy Reels Film Festival