“When you are in the middle of a story it isn't a story at all, but only a confusion; a dark roaring, a blindness, a wreckage of shattered glass and splintered wood; like a house in a whirlwind, or else a boat crushed by the icebergs or swept over the rapids, and all aboard powerless to stop it. It's only afterwards that it becomes anything like a story at all. When you are telling it, to yourself or to someone else.” ― Margaret Atwood, Alias Grace
My time in Japan has always been attached/connected to my family in the hope that this experience would bring my family closer together to one another. And, that it would open up a way, specifically for my father to find healing, deep inside his heart from the pain of being an orphaned child in Japan.
It took me many years to discover/realize that the core of my desire spoke to something far deeper than just my family's healing. This desire was pointing me toward helping support children living with childhood trauma. To help them find healing in their lives, so that they could go forward in life with confidence, a sense of self-worth and the ability to trust others with an openness to love & have a curiosity & excitement to what lies ahead for them in their lives and this world. That their tiny feet would pursue a healthy journey ahead for each of them. Working on these films, showed me the impact I want to make in this world.
I do hope these films will speak to the hearts of those, who like myself have a parent living with the effects of a childhood trauma. And, to those who did not grow up in a traditional family setting and are unsure of the definition/meaning of the concept "family". My hope, also is that these films will speak encouragement to everyone who is on their own, individualized journey - whatever journey that may/might be and wherever it may/might lead them.
"You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life." — Steve Jobs
"Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards." - Soren Kierkegaard
The first film in this trilogy, Family 家族 is my thank you letter to Eiko and to all the care workers around the world who dedicate their lives loving, supporting and protecting abused, neglected, abandoned and orphaned children. This film opens the door for me to share my journey in the next film The Sound of Little Feet to talk about how the effects of childhood trauma have affected my family and many other families around the world. The Sound of Little Feet will pave the way for the final film Keys, which will focus on effectively treating childhood trauma globally.
I am incredibly thankful and grateful to everyone who has been a part of this journey so far and for those that will join me in the next chapter.
- Matt Miller