Still We Rise

a documentary film by Molly Knight Raskin and Ben Niles

"Still We Rise vividly demonstrates the burden of mental ill-health in a society recovering from conflict, and the inspirational efforts to address the massive human resources shortages for delivering mental health care in this context.”

—Dr. Vikram Patel, Center for Global Mental Health

About the Filmmakers

  • RISE editor Tom Placke brings his strong storytelling abilities and creative editorial services to projects including Documentary, Commercial, and Entertainment for a wide range of clients including Sesame Workshop, PBS News Hour, Conde Nast, GE and Four Seasons.

    He’s also edited short films for non-profits including the Timbuktu Renaissance (narrated by Morgan Freeman) and Strong Minds (narrated by Ashley Judd). To learn more about Tom’s work, visit his website.

  • Ben Niles is an award-winning documentary filmmaker.

    His film, “Note By Note (The Making of Steinway L1037),” won top honors at the Sarasota Film Festival, was nominated for an IDA award and selected to the prestigious American Documentary Association, screening in over 30 countries. It’s now airing nationally on PBS. He recently released “Some Kind of Spark”, a documentary following kids from underserved communities in a music outreach program at Juilliard. Cited as “1 of 16 docs to see this year” by the Huffington Post, “Spark” is currently playing festivals and will be released this fall by Argot Pictures. To learn more about Ben’s work, visit PLOW Productions.

  • Molly Knight Raskin is a freelance journalist who writes and produces for national media.

    Since 2004, Molly has contributed dozens of stories to the “The NewsHour” on PBS. Most recently she produced a series with correspondent Jeffrey Brown in Kenya, East Africa and Mali, West Africa on topics including terrorism, poaching and arts/culture at risk. She’s also produced documentary programs for WNET and short films for non-profits including the Timbuktu Renaissance (narrated by Morgan Freeman) and Strong Minds (narrated by Ashley Judd). Molly writes frequently about health/science, with a special interest in mental illness and global health. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including Scientific American Mind, Global Post and Psychology Today. Molly is also the author of No Better Time; The Brief, Remarkable Life of Danny Lewin, the Genius Who Transformed the Internet (DaCapo Press, September ’13), which is currently being adapted for the big screen. To learn more about Molly’s work, visit her website.