:Final Competition Season #1 2019, Submission Date
:12-14-2019, Uploaded By
: Tim Brothers, Creative Director,, Shot On:
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A few months ago, I took an Uber and started chatting to the driver who was from Somalia.
His history was flecked with tragedy, war and death. Seven minutes after starting to unpack his story, I arrived at my destination and I never saw the man again.
It struck me profoundly - that while this young man was doing his best to establish a new life in a peaceful country far from his own - he wasn't even afforded the dignity of a proper human connection (and time to forge one) in his everyday job.
The kernel of Blowback was formed. It's one that I've nurtured with the care and urgency of giving voice to the voiceless (this is my EP Obed Kharwin's story as much as mine), as well as offering a positive spin on an often negatively framed issue. Having suffered much trauma of a different sort in my life , I strongly believe that only when you give your self the power to forgive others (even perpetrators) can you possibly move on and commence the healing process.
SIDENOTE: My wife's family are Persian war refugees. So the themes and emotions are drawn from my 20+ year history of knowing their family and story.