- 🎬 AwardWinning #Screenwriter
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CAPERNUM - A REVIEW
It is truly a fascinating matter when one is able to witness the evolution of a director over the course of a decade. Nadine Labaki, Lebanon’s diamond in the rough filmmaker, has constantly strived for putting her passion on the map and directly put a spotlight on her nation.
A Thief Upon the Lake
Thwack. Thwack. Thwack. Derah swung his fist high above his head and brought it down onto the frozen surface of the lake with every ounce of strength he had left. His drive relentless. His hope unwavering. He had to break through. He just had to. He was her only hope.
The first poem I ever wrote and published, I wrote for my middle school’s end of year newspaper. It wasn’t the first time I had written something though. That honor belonged to a short story I had written with my best friend at the time, about a herd of Diplodocuses journeying to find their new home. I wrote the story on notebook paper and he illustrated every page. It was our pride and joy. Around ten fully illustrated and colored pages, with a heart-felt story about family and survival.
“ I love you…” I stared into your glistening eyes as I attempted to take in the words you uttered. Across my entire life on this planet, never had anyone said those words to me outside my family. Never had anyone whispered them so gently and genuinely as they looked into my eyes. Never had I felt this overwhelming wave of emotion as strongly as I had in that moment.
Fantastic Stories and Why We Need Them
Having an actor for a father and a novel lover for a mother, you could say that stories, in all their forms, were a big part of my everyday life and as a result I grew an overactive imagination. I would constantly build new and magical worlds, create likeable characters, give them problems and challenges, and I would join them on endless adventures. As I grew older and life started taking its toll, I slowly started to lose parts of that — only parts though because if we flashforward around three decades you’d find me talking to you about this very thing.
Only the Story Matters
We now live in a world of political correctness, wokeness, ease of offense, virtue signaling and gaslighting... and this world is growing more and more poisonous to the one thing that relies solely on personal experience, perspective, and voice: the story. So, how does one stay true to one's voice without getting a target on one's back and hunted down by those who seek to destroy, divide, and ultimately silence our unique voices?
It Starts and Ends with Family
This, being the first issue in what will hopefully be a long term newsletter of my ramblings — ramblings that will hopefully be meaningful and resonate with any eyes reading them, will cover something that I have always found quite interesting about stories, especially due to the fact that as the title states it starts and ends with family.