Whispers of Life is inspired by the onslaught of publicized gay, teen suicides. This short film works as an artistic intervention to challenge the societal taboo of suicide, the pervasive and damaging eff ects of anti-gay bullying and the fact that these issues are not discussed openly.
“This film has tremendous value as a tool of education, awareness, and prevention related to suicide among LGBTQ youth. Whispers of Life should be a resource in schools of all levels (i.e., elementary, high school, middle school or junior high, and post-secondary), community settings, and in health-related programs aimed to promote education about sexual and gender diversity.”
- Treena Orchard, Faculty of Health Sciences, The University of Western Ontario.
In this magical story about the interdependence of imagination and survival, Tom, a gay teenager, is bullied by his peers and is contemplating suicide.
“Whispers of Life is a beautiful and touching short film. It is very timely in our environment and will help educate and touch human emotions in a way that can shift our culture to be more loving and compassionate.” - ANDIE MACDOWELL
Deep in his thoughts and enjoying the peaceful surroundings, Tom, a gay teenager, is jolted out of his quaint and meditative park retreat by painful and homophobic words from his classmate.
A few benches over, sits Charles, a man in his late forties, who witnesses the bullying. After the bullies leave, and to Tom’s surprise, Charles appears right next to him. The two strike up a conversation that quickly turns serious when Tom asks if Charles has ever thought about suicide. In this magical story about the interdependence of imagination and survival, and their lifechanging connection, the boundaries between stranger/friend and survival/suicide are challenged when Charles takes Tom on a fantastical journey into Tom’s imagination that will forever alter the course of Tom’s future and life.
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