I made this film back in 2007. It’s a film about many things. A resilient dream being one. Alejandro was running for President of Guatemala. He didn’t win. He won at his fourth attempt and is currently President of His Country, despite having been a quadriplegic.
I listened to the Members of the Us Community. And to myself. And to the sky above the horizon. And this is what I heard of what we want. Of what this is. Of what ‘Us’ is here for. I wrote it down as a piece entitled ‘I Want This’.
A man had lived in his imagination. Ever since he was a boy. For it was full of wonder and adventure when set against the outer world that housed his everyday life. His imagination surrounded him in light. The outer world, in a darker shade.
A dramatic story, pointing to a human resilience which I believe is more common than we suppose. It’s told through an uncommon depth of observation. And wonders if there is more to us than the series of events we’ve been through.
‘… she knew she was going to die anyway, and then she decided that day would be the day. I think it was the loneliest thing I’ve ever seen. She walked past me and laid on the bed and she nodded yes to the Doctor. I can’t find words for what it felt like to be there.’ A film about the last hour of a life.
In the complex landscape of Schizophrenia, I imagine Compassionate Care should not be absent. Care that is unconditional. Care that is full of hope and of possibility.
Doña Chona seems tired but she isn’t frightened. The frightened you see deep in the eyes of most human beings. A frightened that hides itself well. A frightened that quietly shouts its assumption of isolation, and of loneliness.
A profound observation of disconnectedness and the pathway to interconnectedness in the violent Klamath Conflict. Relevant to all conflict. The process of vulnerability and truth is more important than one could ever imagine.
In the protracted Klamath Conflict in Oregon, a Farming Community Leader came to the revelation that the things that he held as fact weren’t, people that he once thought of as evil and selfish were not, and that he was part of the problem. And such revelations changed everything.
We level our ire at the world around us. The world with which our opinion so often disagrees. But might our energy be better focused on the experience within our own personal jurisdiction. This was filmed from deep within the experience of a thoughtful life lived through desegregation in Alabama. This film is the epitome of the experience of peace.