TRIGGERING WOUNDS Directed and Produced by The Maysles Documentary Center
In partnership with Harlem Hospital Center and The New York County District Attorney’s Office (
15 mins, 2013)

***WINNER (laurel)***
Best Documentary
2013 Tribeca Film Festival’s Our City

My Story Youth Showcase

Triggering Wounds tells the moving real-life story of a man from Harlem coming to terms with the impact of gun violence on his life and his community. Scenes with families, emergency responders, community leaders, and law enforcement interweave in this documentary film to provide an intimate portrait of a community struggling to understand, heal, and transform in the face of this devastating violence.

Keionn Ausby, L'Eunice Faust, Nataja Flood, Tatiyana Jenkins, Josue Loayza, Brittney Lopez, Roxanne Mauras, Vivian Morales, Aisha Ndiaye, Samantha Ramos, Hatuey Rodriguez, Alejandro Rosario, Langston Sanchez, and Jasmine Velez

About the Filmmakers and Their Process
The Teen Producers Academy of the Maysles Documentary Center was first launched in 2006 with the intention of bringing youth in the Harlem community access to the tools and confidence they need to become creative participants in digital media rather than passive consumers of it. Due to the strong work of our program, our students were asked by  Harlem Hospital Center and the District Attorney's office to partner on a citywide initiative around the impact of gun violence in Harlem. The finished project is an integral part of the Harlem Hospital rehabilitation program where the film is shown to victims of gun and knife violence as part of their efforts to reduce deaths and repeat incidences of violence. Triggering Wounds also is screening in the waiting rooms of the NYC Department of Probation, and at festivals, schools, and community centers across the globe.