A Question & Answer with Helen S. Cohen, Filmmaker of States of Grace

Raphael Raphael


This article provides a brief discussion with the filmmaker Helen S. Cohen about her process creating States of Grace, a documentary that, over the course of four years, documents the rehabilitation of a physician critically injured in a car crash. The article including what Cohen has learned about disability in the process, the remarkable reactions she has received from others who have seen the film, and how this film fits in the larger trajectory of her practice as a filmmaker.


rehabilitation, documentary film


Dammann, G., Schroeder, N. F., Schroeder-Dammann, S., Cohen, H.S. & Lipman, M. (2015). States of grace: Frequently asked questions. Retrieved from https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5498c523e4b01fe317ef4786/t/569d4e409cadb6436a8c938d/1453149765447/SoG_FAQs_F2.pdf

Lipman, M., & Cohen, H.S. (Producer). (2014). States of Grace [Motion Picture]. United States: Open Studio Productions.

Open Studio Productions; Telling stories with impact. (2017). Retrieved from http://openstudioproductions.com

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