Stronger Than The Bullet

A TIMELESS story… happening NOW.

Project type: Documentary Feature
Project status: Production
Director/Producer: Gilda Ann Brasch
Executive Producer: Paula Munoz Vega
Executive Producer: Monica Ramirez
Executive Producer: Autumn Udell
 
Email: info@vusi.tv
Website: strongerthanthebullet.com
Instagram: @strongerthanthebullet
 
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Logline

Stronger Than The Bullet is a non-partisan documentary project following three generations of women – in three states – as they fight for voting rights during the 2020 election.

Embedded, we witness the inspiring stories of communities struggling for representation in an election year where not only democracy itself is on the line – but people may literally be dying to vote.

Each generation has a timeless tale to tell, revealing a hard truth – we have been here before.

Synopsis

People say the 2020 presidential race is “the most important election of our lifetime.” With demonstrators for racial justice in our streets, with over 200,000 souls lost to a pandemic, and with Mother Earth under attack from climate change – this is indeed a high-stakes moment.

The Stakes

Every adult has the right to a vote, but legalized voter suppression prevents equal access to the franchise.

In Alabama, thousands of polling locations have been closed following the 2013 Supreme Court decision of Shelby County, which ruled the U.S. no longer had a racism problem and thereby gutted the Voting Rights Act. The late Justice Ginsburg wrote the dissent in defense of the late Rep. John Lewis’ VRA.

In Texas, a state that is 40% Latinx, lawmakers revised electoral maps to add more anglo-dominated districts.

In Arizona, Native Americans have been purged from the voter rolls over 1 million times, and armed “poll watchers” further threaten to silence their voices.

The Protectors

So, who’s fighting back? The women!

Just like they did 100 years ago, when a diverse group of women achieved the 19th Amendment, women are standing up to make sure their community’s voices get counted.

Stronger Than The Bullet embeds with three generations of women challenging the status quo.

We will be following:

– Selma’s original “foot soldiers,” now grandmothers, marched alongside John Lewis on the Edmund Pettus Bridge. They were beaten and jailed as children while fighting for civil rights.

– Dolores Huerta, 90, led fearless campaigns for social justice that changed public policies, while also challenging gender discrimination within her movement.

These icons pass the torch to next-generation leaders on the frontlines of a “vote or die” election.

“It’s going to take the wisdom of the elders and the energy and knowledge of the young.”

Together in a fight for civil rights, they prove there is no limit to their strength.

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Meet the Filmmakers

Gilda Ann Brasch — Director/Producer

An award-winning producer/director, Gilda tells tales of underdog heroes.

For Oprah Winfrey’s ABC primetime special, Building A Dream, Gilda led the team to produce and direct the acclaimed documentary on The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy in South Africa. For Oprah’s OWN, Gilda co-executive produced the acclaimed doc-series, Ryan & Tatum: The O’Neals.

Most recently, Gilda was show-runner and Executive Producer of five seasons of VH1’s hit docu-franchise Love & Hip Hop. The series dominated weekly cable as the #1 non-scripted program and trended on social media with #LHH.

Inspired after meeting Nelson Mandela in South Africa and filming in his prison cell of 27 years, Gilda founded VUSI Filmworks to focus on filmmaking for social change. VUSI’s award-winning documentary short, Let My People Vote, was featured by the American Film Institute, NBC’s Meet The Press, and has screened at Google with continued sponsorship support by the Levi Strauss Foundation.

Gilda volunteers on an Executive Committee of the Television Academy/Emmys, has served on the board of the International Documentary Association, and is a member of the Writers Guild of America.

Paula Munoz Vega – Executive Producer

Paula is a producer with a passion for innovative and inclusive storytelling combined with new technologies. For the last three and a half years at Anonymous Content, she led the development and creative production of over 20 projects across film, television, VR, and podcasts. Previously, Paula was an advisory producer at Calm.com, leading the Spanish content creation for the award-winning app. She also worked on VR gaming and content development for Hyperator VR, founded by a Walt Disney Internet Group game producer.

Monica Ramirez – Executive Producer

Founder of Justice for Migrant Women, co-founder The Latinx House at Sundance, and 2020 Ford Global Fellow.

Mónica built an activist initiative addressing gender discrimination against farmworker women. Her letter published in TIME magazine from farmworker women to women in the entertainment industry sparked the creation of the TIME’S UP movement. She’s received the Harvard Kennedy School’s Gender Equity Change Maker Award and inclusion on Forbes Mexico’s 2018 list of 100 Powerful Women

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Contact

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