My Ten Year Journey: BlinkNow
Saturday, December 30, 2017
A true story written by Anjali Karki
"My first memories are made of mountains,
a deep blue river below the cliff,
songs sung to the sky and the moon,
and a house made out of mud and stone.
I don't remember being sad or crying,
I do remember her lying still.
Death came frequently in my village.
First, it was my mother, then my father.
I remember thousands of people running.
The loud blasts and screams of civil war.
My brother's last words, run, run, run.
Then it was just me.
Then there are the memories that will change me forever,
the three-day journey by foot,
the ride in a big house on wheels,
the arms that guided me into my new home.
My new brothers and sisters were always smiling.
There were endless fresh waterfalls,
our stomachs didn't growl anymore,
we could see in the dark,
there were mountains of warm blankets,
a proud reflection of someone new.
My first school uniform,
wearing my hair in pigtails,
tied with ribbons,
and imagining myself in their world.
We could fly high above all our problems.
But... it is my first memories that remind me of...
The young girls married away to strangers,
the young boys taken away to work.
That could have been me.
That could have been any of us.
My brothers and sisters, they all have a story just like me.
(Maggie asking young Nisha about her first day of school, pans to Nisha now)
(Maggie saying "Namaste Ban" to Bindu, pans to Bindu now)
(Two other students before and after)
We've discovered a world where pain can become beauty,
hearts can heal,
seeds can grow,
knowledge can create peace,
and love can keep you safe.
I dream that every child is welcome to a world like this."
Directed by: Jeremy Power Regimbal
Produced by: MPWR
Cinematography by: Robert Mentov & Jeremy Power Regimbal
Composed by: Greg Bevis
Sound Design By: Beacon Street Studios
Color by: Jason Wallis @ Electric Theatre Collective
Edited by: Jeremy Power Regimbal & Piett Seuss