THose among UsTHE HUMAN RIGHTS CHAMPIONS OF NORTH DAKOTA
A contemporary history PROJECT
Through portrait photographs, essays written by the participants and an episodic television series capturing discussions about the motivation behind and the importance of their work, this project creates a historical record of the important work currently taking place in North Dakota.
portraits and essays
Human Rights in north dakota
Using the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as the framework, “Those Among Us” explores the protections enshrined by the UDHR, and the meaning of those protections and their manifestations inside North Dakota.
Portraits for “Those Among Us” are being captured by renowned North Dakota based wet-plate photographer, Shane Balkowistch.
The project strives to create a historical record of the important work currently taking place in North Dakota in a compelling and visually creative way. As such, the original glass wet-plate images and essays will be collected and offered to the State Historical Society for preservation in their archives. 200 years from now, students and researchers of human rights in North Dakota will have the opportunity to see today’s champions, and read first hand the experiences of contemporary activist.
By Virtue of Being Human
Pastor Sue Koesterman reflects on Human Rights and the virtue of being human in this clip from “Those Among Us”.
North Dakota State Representative
Laetitia mizero hellerud
Social Justice Activist, Author
Ruth Anna buffalo
Human Rights Advocate
African Soul, American Heart
On Wednesday, August 2, Executive Producer Sean Coffman was invited to Prairie Public Radio’s Main Street to talk with host Doug Hamilton about "Those Among Us". Main Street is an award-winning radio, television, and public media services that educate,...
State Representative Joshua Boschee reflects on the state of Human Rights in North Dakota in this clip from the upcoming documentary series, “Those Among Us: The Human Rights Champions of North Dakota”. * * *
On Friday, December 1, wet-plate photographer Shane Balkowitsch worked with public health activist RuthAnna Buffalo. Buffalo, Mia Eh’Desh or Woman Appears, is an enrolled citizen of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation and a descendent of the Chiricahua Apache. She...
On Friday, October 13, wet-plate photographer Shane Balkowitsch worked with social justice Social justice activist Laetitia Mizero Hellerud of UBUNTU Consulting. "It was emotional for me. Very. And Shane is very engaging. The whole experience is beyond photography."...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FARGO, N.D. (Sept. 19, 2017) – Social justice activist Laetitia Mizero Hellerud of UBUNTU Consulting joins the list of human rights champions chronicled in the documentary book, exhibition and film series “Those Among Us: The Human Rights...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FARGO, N.D. (August 15, 2017) – Social justice activist Adam Martin of the non-profit organization F5 Project joins the list of human rights champions chronicled in the documentary book, exhibition and film series “Those Among Us: The Human...