BECOME THE WOUNDED, 35min., Canada, Relationship
Directed by Amir Zargara
A couple tries to mend old wounds, but realize it’s not about fixing things – it’s about true empathy.
How did it come about?
The origin of the idea comes from a conversation Amir had with his mom about her 2 miscarriages before she had him.
We were also trying to tackle familiar family issues, though everything seemed a bit too redundant and overdone. Once we were able to come up with our new premise which required 2 female LGBTQIA+ characters, the project was instantly elevated by 10x with a breath of fresh air.
What do we hope to achieve with the project?
We would like to reach an audience who has a built-in biased towards the LGBTQIA+ community and make them feel for these characters by showing them struggle to deal with relatable topics such as infertility and infidelity all whilst trying to raise a child. The goal is to get them to see these characters as people period not as “LGBTQIA+ females”. We are hopeful that the audience is able to empathize with these characters and will eventually channel that into their everyday life in order to not let their bias get in the way of mistreating the LGBTQIA+ community members in any way for years to come.
The last year will always be remembered as a difficult year, but at the end of the day, the only thing that could help us move forward and truly understand one another’s point of view is true empathy which is at the core of this project and the title behind it.