"Addressing serious violence is always important"
This short film by Paul Mckenzie asks the question. What happens to the victims of violence?
Far too often there are victims of senseless violence that feel that they have no voice. This follows the journey of a group of individuals that through destiny are reunited for all the wrong reasons.
With the level of serious violence on our streets and in our houses, this short film is an insight into what a victim may feel like, and more strikingly what a victim would consider to be justice.
The film was made as a tool to teach young people and adults that we must take a different perspective when we consider how victims of violence are affected longterm.
The story follows the different lives of five attackers. It also focuses on the misuse of social media. The cast are varied in ability, with the main actor disabled.
There are two cast members with autism
The short film was made with no budget, just the investment of time and passion to alter the narrative and address the current trend of serious youth violence.
"CREATE A SHORT TOOL FOR LEARNING"
So the goal in this short film is to raise awareness about violence in a way that is powerful and graphic, such as the violent act itself. We have explored the concept that victims of violence would often have thoughts and dreams about revenge, but they would not act on them. Leaving the victims feeling powerless and vulnerable sometimes for the rest of their lives.
Crippled Karma also created a platform for young people to work together with actors that have special needs such as cerebral palsy and austism.
The fact that we were able to create all of this with no budget makes this an amazing project for all those involved.
Creating something out of nothing can sometimes produce amazing results.
Like most short film makers we had limitations on what we could achieve with the time and resources that we had at our disposal. Shooting a short film can be difficult especially when you have a clear vision of what you want, but these limitations ahead of you.
Because of this we decided to use a location that was local to everyone involved. This was important as it would help to show young people that their communities can work together to produce something amazing. Many of the young people involved have grown accustomed to the failings of many community projects in the past, so reigniting it would be crucial for us.
We started shooting with no money and continued shooting with no money, fortunately I was able to provide the cameras and spend time editing. This was a blessing!
Personally, I think that the drive to make this short film came from the fact that it took commitment and a few sleepless nights to get it done, but i gave everybody involved a sense of ownership and also a greater responsibility to work closer with their surrounding communities.
The actors are all brilliant, and Abdi Omar was outstanding despite the fact that he is disabled. He turned up worked alongside the rest of the team, in sometimes very unsociable hours.
Our goal is to have this film screened and used as a way of changing the narrative around the victims of violence.