My yoga teacher, Amy, told a story in class about a man who had just purchased a new car. He was excited about how beautiful it was and well made. He gets into his new treasure and drives off down the road. Suddenly, out of nowhere, a junker car rams into him from behind. At this moment, the man has a choice. He can either choose to be very angry and rude to this person who stupidly rammed into him, or he can decide not to hold onto his frustration and let go of his anger. He wisely chooses the latter. It turns out that the poor immigrant man who hit him is a highly skilled craftsman who makes him a beautiful piece of art. The craftsman has a large family and the man with the new car is old and alone. By choosing not to dwell on the negative result of the accident, the lonely old man gains a lifelong friend and family, as well as a beautiful work of art for his home to remember them by. Sometimes when bad things happen, if we maintain a positive outlook, good things can follow.
This gave me the idea for my short; a woman who has been emotionally closed down by grief and can only attach herself to inanimate objects, discovers that by letting go, she can perhaps find a new beginning. I believe people create barriers between each other because they fear what is unfamiliar. If we are open to strangers, we will find tolerance and compassion for people different than ourselves and in the experience,
bring a deeper fulfillment to our lives…
My mantra in life: “familiarity breeds understanding”. If people from diverse worlds can get to know each other better, perhaps their hearts will open. Hopefully, yours will too when you watch this film.