Speaking out and involving other organisations and the community in addressing sexual violence help ensure that it is no longer hidden. “By making the projects visible, we are bringing the problem to the surface. By giving victims a voice, by talking about it, we are breaking through the taboo”, said Meinie Nicolai, MSF operational director. (SHATTERED LIVES: Immediate medical care vital for sexual violence victims. A report by Médecins Sans Frontières. March 2009).
What I like about Show Me Your Life is that the kid can make a video, and it’s safe; the life, the violence, the rapes, the incarcerations do not pull him into the computer. The video is a SAFE place in which he can articulate the rage at what has happened to him. What really pisses me off about so many professionals is that they look at me and say they can’t participate because the kid could harm the camera or he might steal it. GIVE ME A FUCKING BREAK! The camera is a VOICE for a kid who is desperately attempting to construct one.
Icanu's Cage клетка
Iancu, 15, is from Eastern Europe. He was given a Show Me Your Life camera. In very telling ways, he shows us his life through the images he creates. Iancu is only now just beginning to tell some of his story, and he is practically inseparable from that camera. There is a place he wants to film. This place, too, was his life. Some people would consider it to be a thing not a place. But to Iancu, it was a place. The word for this place is: клетка. Iancu lived in an клетка. We will find a клетка, and Iancu will film it, and perhaps make a GIF when he is ready but not before then. And maybe never. It would be very, very difficult for him to face an клетка, and nobody is going to force him to even look at one ever again. He may decide to never film it. Or he might. It is completely up to him. It would be safe to look at a клетка as a GIF. I promise. He does not have to bite his arm when he sees a клетка. He does not have to go inside. You cannot go inside a computer. I welcome him to Show Me Your Life.
The kid who made this video is participating in an art class assignment.