UnLonely Film Festival 5

SOLO

An introspective exercise on loneliness.

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Watch this video to explore the film’s meaning and major themes a bit more. Talking with others about a shared arts experience can enrich our perspectives. Share your thoughts in the comment section, below!

Meet the Filmmaker

What is their why?

“My girlfriend was traveling and my friends were working in other cities so I was quite alone. Although I believe being alone is good and necessary, I started feeling it in a heavy way. So I started analyzing how I was feeling and most important, how I was handling it. And one day, after that analysis, I thought it could be interesting to create a film expressing my conclusion.”

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Join the Conversation

If we learned to appreciate the quiet and beauty of our internal gardens, would we feel less sorrow, less distraction? Does being alone ever bring up uncomfortable feelings for you? How do you ensure you have the quiet, introspective time you need?

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3 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    I see videos on ‘being alone’ just because your ‘girlfriend’ is traveling, and ‘friends in other cities’. This is not ‘being alone’, as you have close contacts to speak to, when you are feelilng ‘down’. Try not having a significant other, and very few friends to talk to, that is being ‘alone’, and comes with it a whole new perspective on ‘loneliness’. You still have support, hope and a viewpint that it is temporary. Others, not so much so and thus intensifies the feelings for someone that is truly ‘alone’.

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  2. Lisa

    This makes me think of the two very similar but distinct psychological phenomena of “loneliness” and “solitude”. I have heard of loneliness being described as “the pain of being alone”, and solitude as “the joy of being alone”. What is interesting to me is that, in both instances, the “aloneness” is there; the difference is our appraisal of the aloneness. What factors might influence an individual’s appraisal of feeling joy vs. pain when experiencing “aloneness”? Could a change in mindset alone transform a feeling of “loneliness” into a feeling of “solitude”?

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  3. Lisa

    Dear Anonymous….I totally agree with you. Many people confuse some small bits of time away from people who are still here on earth. When you have truly lost people whom you had a genuine connection with and whom know you “as your authentic self” and then must navigate the world without those people here on earth….that is bone-aching “loneliness”. It cuts through you like the sharpest knife at times….so hard to transition away from.

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