States of Grace

States of Grace

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  • Mark Lipman
  • Helen S. Cohen

An HIV/AIDS doctor survives a horrific head-on crash on the Golden Gate Bridge and struggles to re-create a meaningful life despite her severe physical disabilities.

Winner of multiple audience awards, States of Grace intimately captures the profound transformation of a revered physician and her family in the wake of a life-changing accident.

Dr. Grace Dammann was a prominent HIV/AIDS physician who was honored by the Dalai Lama for her extraordinary work during the height of the epidemic. In 2008, a routine commute across the Golden Gate Bridge turned tragic for Grace when another driver crashed head-on into her car. Though she miraculously survived, she spent more than a year in rehabilitation hospitals. 

States of Grace follows her return home to the Buddhist community where she lives with her partner Nancy “Fu” Schroeder and their daughter Sabrina. With humor and candor, the film captures their story as Grace struggles to discover new purpose in her radically altered life.

Past Programs


The Zen of healing

Indiana University Cinema, Bloomington, IN