When I sat in my apartment watching more and more states turn red on the television screen, my eyes started filling with tears. I began to feel legitimate fear for my own well being, as well as the well being of my friends of color, in the LGBTQ community and any other minority group in America.
When I heard Trump was president, I tried to express that fear to the world. I was told I was wrong, my feelings were wrong. This was the first real time in my life where I felt my life didn't matter to my country. The pain I felt in my heart from that feeling tore me up. But what hurt me the most was that this feeling of rejection and denial that I felt is commonplace amongst minorities in this country. It's what they've felt for years... generations... Think about the biggest heartbreak of your life. A time where you felt so betrayed and belittled by someone that you didn't even want to lift your head off your pillow in the mornings... now imagine if someone slandered you for feeling that heartbreak. Imagine being told that pain in your chest was because you don't know enough, or because you're being too sensitive, or that it straight up doesn't matter. That's what it feels like when minorities are continuously beaten down verbally and physically, when women are sexualized and raped in the US... and then told it's THEIR fault. To me, our film now has become more important than ever. We have to get our message out to the world. We have to AMPLIFY the voices that NEED TO BE HEARD to combat the ignorance and the informed racism. This is what we will do with our film. I don't care what it takes.