StephenStephen Herman
International Storybook Productions
Vancouver, B.C. Canada

Stephen is a Vancouver lawyer, who trained as an apprentice photographer while in high school. Stephen left behind aspirations of a career as a photographer in 1982, to complete a law degree and began a civil court law practice in 1986. He continued photography as an avocation while practicing law.

In 2010, he transitioned from photography to film and completed the first of three documentary films for the Justice Education Society of British Columbia, Justice Through Knowledge: a New Vision for Public Legal Education in Vietnam in 2011, a film shot entirely in Vietnam. During a sabbatical from his law practice in 2011, Stephen shot Crime Scene Investigation Ethiopia: The Genesis which tells the story of the partnership between a Canadian and an Ethiopian agency in providing training to Ethiopian police and prosecutors in crime scene investigation skills.

Stephen’s current film The Most Violent Place on Earth, tracks a decade of justice reform work by the JES in Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.

Stephen shoots his films on Canon 5D Mark II cameras. He remains intentionally a one man film crew, which allows his film making to be discreet and non-intrusive.

Films

2006 - Restorative Yoga: Healing Through Breath and Stillness

2010 - Justice Through Knowledge: a New Vision for Public Legal Education in Vietnam

2011 - Crime Scene Investigation Ethiopia: The Genesis

2013 - The Most Violent Place on Earth (El Lugar Mas Violento Del Mondo)

 
 
 
Evelyn Evelyn Neaman
International Program Manager
Justice Education Society

Evelyn Neaman is the International Program Manager for the Justice Education Society (JES). Since 1991, she and has managed over 100 Canadian and International public legal education, justice system capacity building and public engagement projects. For the past 13 years she has been involved in projects in China, Montenegro, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Vietnam and Ethiopia.

As an anthropologist and educator, Evelyn has always been drawn to the medium of documentary films and has a passion for archiving and documenting oral histories. Evelyn fell into film making more than a decade ago, beginning with educational projects at JES.

After her first mission to Africa in 2006, Evelyn found funding to produce a film about the inspiring work being done by JES and their local partners to improve the rights of women fleeing abuse.

Most recently, Evelyn braved producing, co-writing and co-directing a documentary on a decade of the Society’s work in Central America, with her husband Stephen Herman, entitled The Most Violent Place on Earth.

Films

2000 - Legal Rights 4U

2002 - Court Tips for Parents

2006 - Restorative Yoga: Healing Through Breath and Stillness

2007 - It’s time: African Women Join Hands Against Violence

2009 - On the Road to Justice: an Exchange of Aboriginal and Mayan Justice Traditions

2013 - The Most Violent Place on Earth (El Lugar Mas Violento Del Mondo)

Rick Rick Craig
Rick Craig is the founder and Executive Director of the Justice Education Society. Rick has been responsible for developing the framework for the JES international program. Rick has over 30 years of experience in international development and has worked in Central America, South Africa, China, and Ethiopia.
Cal Cal Deedman
Until his retirement in October 2012, Cal Deedman was a Senior Crown Prosecutor in the Criminal Appeals and Special Prosecutions office (CASP) of the BC Ministry of Justice. He has been working with the Justice Education Society since 2000, as the Central America Legal Content and Training Program Advisor. Cal, who is fluent in Spanish, was also the primary interpreter and translator in the early years of the Central America program.