The Last Doll Lady

Doc / Short

In the 1950s a program called Dolls for Democracy was started. Women known as “”doll ladies”” would travel to local schools and teach children, through the use of hand carved wooden character dolls, about why racism and intolerance is wrong. Over the decades the program has faded into obscurity, but one woman has made it her life’s mission to reignite a nations passion for the programs hopeful message. Selma Bukstein was one of the original doll ladies, now 60 years later and at the age of 91, she is the last doll lady.

The Last Doll Lady follows Selma’s efforts to revitalize the program and pass on its legacy to a new generation.

Directed by Taryn Hough

Screening in Tiny Expeditions