Come Back To Me, follows the relationship between a mother and her son, from infancy to adulthood. The mom, a deployed 20-year veteran soldier, questions the balance between serving her country and raising her son.
I’ve read the headline, “Deadliest Mass shooting in U.S. History “ three times in my lifetime: in Virginia Tech, Orlando, and Las Vegas. I am only 17 years old.
This past February, hearing about the shooting at Parkland and those victims, affected me much more than previous school shootings. I kept on asking myself, ”What is it that you can do? How can you use your voice to raise awareness about a topic that people seem to forget and become numb about too quickly?” For me, I concluded that it’s through storytelling and making a film.
Hannah Arendt said that, “Storytelling reveals meaning without committing the error of defining it.” At the beginning I set up some boundaries for myself when writing. I didn’t want this to become a political piece. My goal was to tell the story behind the life and death of one victim. This was my mindset in writing a story that tackles such a difficult subject matter.
Storytelling allows me the power to make a lasting impression about an important event or a memory of a person’s life. In the future, when my own kids ask me if I spoke up during this time, I will be able to show them this film.