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A short film describing the uneasy experience of being a misfit in adulthood after violent childhood depression.

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Comment by Rainbow Family Tree on November 16, 2009 at 14:05
Notice One – by Kirsten U

Inspiration behind creative decisions = words, colours and images together simultaneously, moving quickly… trying to make the viewer feel the chaos that I lived for almost 4 decades. I used images of artworks because that is what I was surrounded with and how I remember things.

Difficulties = analysis of those years. Anyone making their own story needs to consider how tumultuous this can be and try to stay safe. However, gathering all the info and images together and putting them into an order that I chose made me feel as if I had more control of myself than ever before.

Colour theory = I have no belief in any religious or secular structure, but colours inspire and motivate me and the process of creating is what I know and understand and trust.

Impact on me = Initially I was telling my story through my mother's eyes. Once I figured out I was doing that and stopped, my story became more empowering and exposing at the same time. For the first time I told what it was like for me and so took a very big step in finding and accepting my own identity. I learned that sharing it with others can be positive. I'm no longer ashamed of that story.

Making this digital story has given me strength. I have now started a dialogue with my mother about my childhood experience and also what it was like for her.
Comment by kirsten uhrig on September 30, 2009 at 8:00
Lovely words, thank you. Once I learned there was a name for how I was/am things made a little more sense...understanding is a wonderful thing.
Comment by kirsten uhrig on September 29, 2009 at 8:38
Thanks Sharon, I'm steeped in another one at the moment, trying to show the chaos of those 'out of control 35 years'...it's making me feel chaotic :/
Comment by Sharon Hatswell on September 28, 2009 at 22:53
oh to grrr....ow!!
Incredibly sublime Kirsten 
Comment by Melina MIchelle Magdalena on September 13, 2009 at 11:18
Hi Kirsten, I'm spending some time viewing videos again today, and just looked at yours. Where did you get that music? It's really interesting how the music and images go together to create that unease. The music could be heard as quite jolly, but it's also rather strident and in one's face, too. I think it's very effective. I'm interested in what you mean by colour being your theory. Are you one of the people who hears colours?

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