One of Many

A collection of powerful individual voices is documented in the short documentary, One of Many, reminding us of the anger, distrust, heartbreak and hope that merged together on January 21, 2017 at The Women’s March on Washington.

The film captures the widespread, collective outrage that President Trump’s inauguration provoked while contextualizing it within historical human rights movements. Created by a team of young womxn artists across the country, the film serves as an intimate and artistic portrait of that day, featuring a range of interviews with people of all ages, socioeconomic backgrounds, religions, race and gender as they speak to us directly from nearly four years ago.

Now four years later, the streets of every major city in America are once again filled with the people, demanding that their voices be heard. The film reminds us of how things have changed, how both our collective hopes and fears have been realized. Through the power of cinema, we aim to give a voice to womxn of all backgrounds and take an action-oriented approach to social justice.

  • MJ Bernier
    Director
  • MJ Bernier
    Producer
  • Jessica Good
    Executive Producer
  • MJ Bernier
    Editors
  • Qinling Li
    Editors
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    15 minutes 47 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 26, 2019
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Mindfield Film Festival
    Albuquerque, NM
    United States
    Winner, Best Short Documentary
  • Tampa Bay Underground Film Festival
    Tampa
    United States
    December 7, 2019
    Nomination, Best Documentary
  • Garden State Film Festival
    Asbury Park, NJ
    March 25, 2020
  • The Art of Brooklyn Film Festival
    Brooklyn, NY
    June 4, 2020
    New York City Premiere
  • Oxford International Short Film Festival
    Oxford, England
    United Kingdom
    March 28, 2020
    European Premiere
  • Out on Film, Atlanta's LGBTQ Film Festival
    Atlanta, GA
    September 26, 2019
    World Premiere
  • International New York Film Festival
    New York, NY
    June 21, 2020
  • Reel East Texas Film Festival
    Kilgore, TX
    November 14, 2019
  • Big Muddy Film Festival
    Carbondale, IL
    February 24, 2020
Director Biography - MJ Bernier

Director M.J. Bernier is an award-winning filmmaker based in New York City. Her debut short film, One of Many, premiered in September 2019 at Out on Film, Atlanta’s oldest LGBTQ+ Film Festival and has been featured at several film festivals all over the US and internationally. Her credits also include four music videos, among them “Motion” by Boy Harsher, which has garnered over one million YouTube views since its 2017 debut. MJ's work has been featured on such outlets as Rolling Stone, Vice, Filter, Philanthropy Women and Pitchfork.

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Director Statement

I remember sitting in a restaurant in the middle of rural Ohio looking up at the TV the moment it was called that my next President would not be the woman I voted for. I was on location shooting a live news event and earlier that day everyone had been boasting how there was just “no way things would go the other way.” I remember that the heartbreak I felt in this moment was paralyzing. It continued to be paralyzing.

Then in true American form, a group of people got together and organized a protest. It didn’t feel like enough just to attend. I wanted to make sure this day would be seen by my children and their children. I knew if there was some way I could prevent my country from ever feeling this way again or repeating the same mistakes, I had no choice but to try. The next day, I organized a group of entirely women to come to my then girlfriend’s apartment in San Francisco: this became the first crew to the film, One of Many.

One of Many documents the protests on January 21, 2017. We spent almost a full 24 hours from dawn well into night, hopping from one protest to another with multiple crews documenting as much of the day as we possibly could. We had people filming in Los Angeles, New York City, Washington DC—and most importantly to me, San Francisco and Oakland—a bedrock of American Civil Right’s activism, and a place I called home for almost a decade.

We wanted to speak to every kind of person. We wanted to find a way to carry on the messages of this protest well past that day—and do so in a way that clearly demonstrated the anger, heartbreak, pain and sadness of the protesters. And now, looking back years later, I believe it preserves those feelings for the future. Additionally, we see how many of their fears were not only realized, but escalated beyond their initial scope.

We have waited patiently to release this film. We understand the impact it could have as we approach the 2020 Presidential election. One of Many has served as a beacon of hope for our crew in the years following the March. Our intention is to inspire this same hope in our viewers as we enter into this next political season—and beyond that, serve as a marker in time for contemporary American politics.