The Quilted Conscience is a documentary film about the unique relationship between a group of sixteen Sudanese-American girls in Grand Island, Nebraska, a quilter’s guild of white women, and a nationally famous African-American quilt-maker. This rare connection was created through a project involving the beautiful creation of a fabric wall-size mural composed to tell the stories of “Dreams & Memories” for these Sudanese girls. The Quilted Conscience Project uses this documentary film to design children’s workshops as a culture and art program. The purpose of this program is to work with the E.L.A. (English Language Acquisition) Departments of public school systems and the community in sharing the story-quilts with the public. This Project allows immigrant children living in the United States to tell their own story while teaching basic sewing and quilting skills. This educational project is a tribute to one of America’s greatest social just forerunners, Grace Abbott of Grand Island, Nebraska, who dedicated her life to the rights of children and immigrants.
John Sorensen is the director and founder of the Abbott Sisters Project and author of two Grace Abbott books. He also created the Dreams & Memories Immigrant-Student Quilt Workshop project and is originally from Grand Island, Nebraska. His work has been publicized across the state and nationally. To learn more about Mr. Sorensen, The Abbott Sisters Project, or The Quilted Conscience go here.
Below you will find a sampling of this movie to be shown for FREE on November 11th at 2:00 p.m. at the Grand Theater in downtown Grand Island.