Project Status: 

Young Vision Award // 2011 United Nations Association Film Festival
Jury Award for Feature Documentary // Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival

Best Documentary // Reel Rasquache Art and Film Festival

Trust tells the story of eighteen-year-old Marlin, a survivor of rape who - propelled by theater - experiences a profound movement away from identifying herself with that trauma. At age 12, Marlin was raped by two men in the bathroom of her grandmother's church in Honduras. She told no one.

Two years later, she immigrated with her older brother Carlos to live with their mother in Chicago, where Carlos repeatedly raped her. Marlin didn’t resist, she felt she’d already lost everything. Over time, her mental health deteriorated, and she was committed to a psychiatric hospital nine times. Finally, she confides her secrets to a counselor who is able to help her.

As part of her therapy, Marlin joins the Albany Park Theater Project (APTP), a neighborhood teen theater company that creates original plays from members' real-life stories. The film Trust follows Marlin's story as she and APTP take her story from the personal to the public.

Trust is made by veteran independent filmmakers Nancy Kelly and Kenji Yamamoto, whose work has screened in film festivals worldwide, aired on PBS and overseas, and been used in a variety of community settings. Trust is the third in a trilogy by Kelly+Yamamoto Productions about the transformative power of art.

Director: Nancy Kelly and Kenji Yamamoto
Production Co: Kelly + Yamamoto Productions