Stuck at Home (together)
Dim the Lights and Push Play
In addition to providing an important escape from our hectic day-to-day lives, watching films can help us process and learn life lessons as well as provide an emotional release that can elevate moods. Dr. Birgit Wolz, a psychotherapist and proponent of cinema therapy, points to imagery, plot, and music, among other elements, in films as being a great source for insight, inspiration, and emotional relief.
Our team is sharing a couple of picks every week from our UnLonely Film Festival to get your reaction and spark a conversation. Take a look and leave your comments below!
Arriving home after six months of traveling, Stephen discovers his best friend Roy has replaced him with a ventriloquist’s dummy called Roger. Roy, to mask his loneliness during Stephen’s absence, made Roger his new best friend, and can’t seem to let it go even after Stephen returns.
The film effectively uses comedy to capture the loneliness of separation. When someone close to you moves away, or goes traveling for a long period of time, or even when a close work colleague changes jobs, it can be really jarring and lonely to have that new distance between you. Even though this is a comical and quirky story it highlights the feelings of rejection and displacement that arise when companionships have shifted.
Is there someone in your life who is not around as much as they once were? What kind of feelings did you experience as a result? Are there ways that you’ve found effective in maintaining a connection to that person? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
I Have Something to Tell You
In I Have Something to Tell You, Adrain, who is a fine art photographer, employs his craft to heal his anxieties about sharing his sexuality and diagnosis with his loved ones. In the process, he creates a beautiful series of portraits of his friends and family’s reactions.
This film showcases how art can help us examine life-altering moments and help us heal. In Adrain’s case, he used photography as a means to overcome the fear and isolation he felt in anticipation of sharing his diagnosis. Using his camera as a tool for self-exploration and for bridging his loneliness was a refreshing take on the subject.
When you’ve had to share painful information with those close to you, how have you been able to deal with it? Did you experience an urge to hide from it or ignore it? In the future, could you imagine incorporating a creative or artistic approach to help make the discussions and self-reflection easier? If so, what could you do? Let us know in the comments below.
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The mission of the Foundation for Art & Healing is to promote creative arts expression as a means to improve health and well-being for individuals and communities. Our signature program, The UnLonely Project, broadens public awareness of the negative physical and mental health consequences of loneliness associated with a wide range of living conditions and circumstances while also exploring and promoting creative arts-based approaches to reduce the burden.
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