ASHES



"When someone else’s safety and acceptance in society is on the line, your personal discomfort comes in a very distant second."
-Courtney Milan



This film by Christina Pryce addresses the subject of hate crimes against the LGBT+ community as well as the issue of police brutalities in African American communities, which are problems that I always knew existed but my eyes were never truly opened to it until this year. I felt the need to say something, since so many people tend to just push these things aside saying things are "getting better". So I figured, what better way to explore this and send a message than through a film? It's not perfect, and there are quite a few flaws that I realize could have been fixed, but regardless, I'm so happy that I pulled through and finished it. I made this film for various people out there that I have come to know better this year and who have inspired me when it comes to change (most of them being in this film), especially the poet; Andrea Gibson. I am so thankful that I found her beautiful soul and beautiful words which inspired me to make this. Most importantly, I made this for anyone who has ever felt oppressed, like an outcast, or targeted just for being who they are. I hope this reaches out to you and that you don't feel sad, but feel a sense of empowerment and feel determined to make change.


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