Documenting for change
“You know, the process of making a documentary is one of discovery, and like writing a story, you follow a lead and that leads you to something else and then by the time you finish, the story is nothing like you expected”
– William Shatner
Unconsciously we document everything, if not on paper, film or photo then in our minds, our bodies even muscle tissue and fascia. Today more than ever we have access to technologies that allow us to document the smallest of things especially on our social media channels, and we tend to favor recording the happy, cool stuff that makes it appear that everything is great. But between me and you, sometimes I like to see things that are not so great, rough, raw, honest, painful because it reminds us that while we still hurt, bleed and cry then we are very much alive and human.
Many of us would choose not to document anything bad that may have caused a traumatic response in our body; according to Nicole Cutlers L. Ac piece ‘Learning to Unlock Tissue Memory’ on the IPT Miami blog, our bodies can safely handle a limited amount of stress. Still, when things get traumatic it can get out of hand for our body’s natural coping mechanism so stored trauma usually could lead to pain and even impact our health.
We want to talk about the importance of documenting things. Documentaries are a record of information that can be used over and over again; it is an educational tool that informs people about things they may have not known. Once stored it can be utilized for generations to come. Speak Trauma teaches people how to tell their own stories to share with the world. One of the first steps of healing is speaking out, the next is bringing the trauma to the surface. Like Shatner says in his quote the process of making a documentary is one of discovery, when we choose to document our story of pain and suffering, we discover things about ourselves and in turn inspire; we are not alone, it is a journey of self-discovery that can inspire generations to come.
Let us #documentforchange