After the 1994 Genocide Against the Tutsi in Rwanda, women survivors spearheaded the rehabilitation movement for their country. Rwanda now has more women appointed to government than any other nation in the world. A powerful, but little-known fact. This film explores the suffering and resilience of four women trapped during this dark time in human history.
Ron and Michelle Ray are the main producers of the award-winning feature film Trees of Peace. Trees of Peace ("TOP") was written and directed by Alanna Brown. The movie was shot by cinematographer Michael Rizzi, edited by Gabriel Fleming and Kiran Pallegadda, and music composition was by famed music composer David Buckley. UTA Independent Film Group represented the film for sales.
Ron Ray discovered Alanna Brown and her incredible script in February 2019 through Instagram. Instantly, after reading the script and talking to Alanna, this became a passion project for the Ray duo. As the lead producers, Ron and Michelle Ray not only acquired the script and brought in the writer/director Alanna Brown, they raised full financing and led the production from beginning to end, as well as negotiated the sale of the film with Netflix, and handled the complete delivery of the film to Netflix. Ron brought in producers Nicole Avant (known for Netflix Film The Black Godfather), Brian Baniqued, Jeff Spiegel, Barry Levine, and Mike Bundlie to the project.
Screen Daily Exclusive Press Release: Netflix Takes Worldwide Rights to 'Trees of Peace
(pictured): Lead Producer Ron Ray and Writer/Director Alanna Brown
Trees of Peace premiered at the 2021 Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF), considered the 7th top film festival in the USA.
Winner Best Film Jury Award Panavision Spirit Award for Independent Cinema
Winner ADL Stand Up Humanitarian Award
Considered a top 10 festival and the largest prestigious black film festival in the USA. Trees of Peace swept all of the top 3 awards among very steep competition at the American Black Film Festival (ABFF).
Winner Best Director
Winner Best Narrative Feature Jury Award
John Singleton Award Winner Best First Feature Award
Switzerland International Film Festival (Aubonne) 2021
The Switzerland International Film Festival (SIFF) held in Aubonne, Switzerland on the enchanting Lake Geneva.
Winner Best Drama Film
Rising Sun International Film Festival (Japan) 2021
Winning an award at the Rising Sun International Film Festival (RSIFF) in Kitakyushu, Japan proves Trees of Peace touches people’s hearts and transcends race, color and language.
Winner Best Performance by an Ensemble Cast