“As We…”: An Experiment in Bringing to Light Dark Pasts

This past finals week was hell. There really isn’t a more accurate way to describe it. However, spending obscenely late nights and the wee hours of the morning with your closest friends can bring about many intimate moments. Many things we wouldn’t say or discuss during the waking hours seem to come out easily past 3am; that is how and when  a very impactful project began. While we were sprawled out on the questionably clean floor of a dorm basement, we came across a powerful spoken word piece called “As We” by Micah Bournes. The piece centers around two main themes: first, how painful it is to forgive those who have hurt us, and second, the guise of being fine we all put on far too often, concealing our pain and brokenness, past or present. In short, we are all cracking under the pressure to constantly have our shit together, layering the ductape on to hide any signs of weakness.

Particularly exhausted, worn down and burnt out, we elected to film a video for this piece that we all related to so much. The struggles depicted in our video include domestic violence, anxiety, depression, self-harm, suicidal thoughts, rejection by parents, among other things. Everything depicted in this video has been directly experienced by one or more of the actors. 

This was a very impactful and healing experience for us, as well as a video we hope will be meaningful and relateable for others who have been through similar experiences. Please take a few minutes to watch it and share your reactions. Remember that you are not alone. 

Music credit to Micah Bournes; thank you for your beautiful, moving words. They contain so much truth. http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=D4G1gsEKNcc

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