I had the chance to catch-up with Walter Dominguez on the red carpet at the benefit screening event of “Weaving the Past: Journey of Discovery” a documentary by Dominguez and Shelley Morrison to support the museum of social justice, opening soon in L.A.
“Weaving the Past”, directed by Dominguez, is the captivating story of two remarkable men over one hundred years ago and their passionate dedication to social and economic justice in a time of great injustice and suffering.
To learn more about the documentary and Walter’s journey you can check out the link below.
And if you’d like to donate or learn more about the Museum of Social Justice, set to open up in September 2013, you can click on the link below.
Throughout the night I’ve heard about how much hard work everyone’s put into this project, and it’s come to a sort of culmination tonight, I know there’s a still a lot left to be done with the museum, but how are you feeling tonight after the screening?
It’s both a relief but also an emotional high. It’s an emotional experience being in this marvelous theater with an audience of diverse people of all ages, all accomplishments and backgrounds, and for them to sit and watch the movie and come out and feel like they felt something really powerful for them, moving and they learned something. You can’t ask for more than that. As a filmmaker, that’s what you hope will happen. We put our heart and soul into it and a lot of time and apparently it’s really paid off. People really, really like the film and I still sit and watch and get really emotional through it.
That’s what you want
The reality of it hits again. Yeah, we did this and it came to pass and now it’s done but it continues with a life of its own.
And I heard it was over twelve years you’ve been working on this. Can you tell me a little bit about that process for you?
It was up and down. A lot of great discoveries and things that came our way but at the same time, there’s some heartache along the way. But we made it through, we accomplished it. It took a lot of hard work, a lot of faith and sometimes just going on sheer will-power.
And how did the museum come into play?
Through my grandfather because he was involved in that church from the beginning and so when I realized that he had been saved by them, those people, I felt a powerful connection to keep the church there. Throughout that it evolved into a museum project. It was a very personal connection.
Thank you, Walter, for your time and congratulations!