AWI Sanctuary Space presents: Film Winner Premiere “Breaking Through the Darkness”

An ongoing Continued Connections program that creates virtual spaces for people to connect at the intersection of art and mental health.


Join us for our virtual premiere and mental health + filmmaking discussion with filmmaker Ronald James Baculo as we screen and celebrate AWI November 2022 short film competition winner: Breaking Through the Darkness.

*Watch Interactive Recording:

*Please note the interactive recording plays on desktop computers and not on most mobile devices.

Featured National Resources:

Crisis Text Line
988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline
Trans Lifeline
The Trevor Project
Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective (BEAM)
Black Mental Health Alliance
Learn how to support someone else’s mental health: Be There Certificate

About the filmmaker:

RONALD JAMES BACULO – Ronald James (RJ) Baculo (he/him) is an award-winning filmmaker, comic book creator, and mental health advocate. He took up formal studies in multimedia design, philosophy and cursory training in clinical psychology. As a visual storyteller RJ specializes in telling various forms of stories which portray mental health issues that invite discussion, understanding and empathy.



Date:November 3, 2022
Time:2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Workshop Evaluation

100% of participants felt the event created awareness of mental health issues
100% of participants gained new tools to support their own wellness
100% of participants made a meaningful connection with other people
Dance/movement as an empowering and inspiring way to deal with depression and continue to live life fully. “dont be afraid to open up, express ourselves! "
-- Ronald James Baculo

Films Screened

Films screened and discussed at this workshop

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Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission The MHSOAC provides vision and leadership, in collaboration with clients, their family members, and underserved communities, to ensure Californians understand mental health is essential to overall health. MHSOAC holds public mental health systems accountable, provides oversight for eliminating disparities; promotes wellness, recovery and resiliency; and ensures positive outcomes for individuals living with serious mental illness and their families.