The Moving Child is Hana Kamea Kemble’s filmmaking debut. Hana’s main “day-job” is being a counsellor for children and families in the Chilcotin region of British Columbia. She also spends time in Vancouver training a variety of mental health professionals in methods and applications of Dance/Movement Therapy (www.westcoastdmt.com).
The seed for The Moving Child was born one evening when Hana was giving her usual talk about movement to parents at a preschool, and was tired of having to lay down on cold floors while moving like a baby to demonstrate concepts! She decided it was time to create a video tool for caregivers and educators of children to help expand their understanding of best practices to support children’s naturally unfolding movement development. By making a video, Hana felt she could convey in a more memorable and useable format some of the important needs that movement meets for children; the need to communicate, feel good, express oneself, self-soothe, self-regulate, cope with the environment and learn to interact socially, to name a few.
What began as an initial goal to make a 20 minute instructional video, soon morphed into something more significant and a different narrative began to take shape. After interviewing close to 25 experts in the field, talking with many parents, and travelling to film all over North America, 6 years later, after two rounds of crowd-funding, grant writing, and receiving wonderful initial support from the Marian Chace Foundation, then from family, friends and colleagues who deeply care about children and families, the film was born at just over 59 minutes long. Woo-hoo!
Many thousands of volunteer hours (Hana’s) went into making this film and its completion is in large part due to the skill and dedication of an incredible film team. We are now in post-production for The Moving Child II, while Hana dreams of making her next film, The Frozen Child which will focus on healing trauma through movement therapy. If you would like to help fund that film, please be in touch!
Hana holds a Master’s degree in Somatic Psychology and Dance/Movement Therapy from Naropa University (Boulder, Colorado) and is a Board-Certified Dance/Movement Therapist (BC-DMT), Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC), Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analyst (CLMA) and Yoga Teacher (RYT200). Though she enjoys all of her work, Hana finds her deepest bliss in creative self-expression such as in making films, songwriting, and writing books. Please visit www.hanakamea.com to hear selections of Hana’s music.
Hana loves to travel and enjoys presenting The Moving Child Film for diverse audiences. Workshops and presentations are also available in French or Spanish. The Moving Child Film is now being translated into ten different languages (using subtitles). Connect with Hana at firstname.lastname@example.org Or 604 781 6040