Displaced Yankee Productions | Heather Connell

Connell was born and raised in Massachusetts where she studied screenwriting and theatre arts at Salem State College. In 2001, she relocated to Los Angeles and founded Displaced Yankee Productions, an independent film company dedicated to using film as a platform for raising social awareness and activism through entertainment. After making two short films, Choosing Your Course (2002) and Black and White (2004), Heather produced and directed her first feature documentary, Small Voices: The Stories of Cambodia’s Children. In Small Voices, the struggles of the street and garbage dump children of Cambodia are examined through the personal stories of five children and their journey toward education.

 

As a result of her travels during the production of Small Voices, Heather decided to build a non-profit medical outreach program for disabled children in Cambodia called “Safe Haven”. Heather and the other prominent philanthropists and medical professionals are seeking more funding for the school.

 

In 2002 during a visit to the Dachau concentration camp in Germany, Connell first became away of the use of the classification chart. After seeing the various different symbols used to classify prisoners, she realized she had no idea who these other persecuted groups were or why they were targeted. Five million murdered. From a historical and educational perspective, she wanted to bring their voices to life before there were no longer any survivors left to share their stories. From this moment, the documentary Forget Us Not was born. It has been a powerful and humbling journey through the past and present. One deeply touched by the living survivors who have agreed to share their stories. May their voices never be forgotten.