In Our Own Words, A Family Documentary | Documentary Idea
(Anchorage Alaska, USA)
Father Michael & Matushka Emily Williams
This documentary project has been in the works for some time now. The entire premise of the storyline is based on the lives of my parents; Very Reverend Father "J" Michael Williams, Arch-Priest of the Russian Orthodox Church in America, Alaska Diocese, and his wife; Matushka Anna "Emily" Williams.
The significance of this story is multifaceted. Father Michael is the first and the only man from the Tlingit Tribe of Southeast Alaska to ever become an ordained Priest in the Russian Orthodox Ministry. Matushka Emily was incredibly intelligent and a gifted artist. She was a Teacher, artist, but most of all, she was a Mother on many fronts. This story has numerous historic connections with Russian Orthodoxy which date back to when the Russian Orthodox Faith was first brought to Alaska over 200 years ago.
Although there is nothing really significant about them to those who never knew who they really were, the story about their lives is truly remarkable.
This documentary story will highlight their lives and follow the journey that will show who they really were. We will watch as they struggled through difficult and challenging times that would have stymied the most hardy among us. We will weep with them through numerous tragedies that would have crushed the average person. We will laugh, cry, be angry, but most of all, we will be amazed. For two unassuming people to have accomplished what they did is amazing.
What makes this story even more compelling is the fact that they were able to accomplish so much, with so very little...