By Nuha Suliman
Voiced by Kiara Braum
The poem itself was inspired by imagery from a dream I had. In the writing process, metaphors were born and my own message filled them with the meanings I needed.
I do feel that the film should be somewhat open to interpretation, but what I can say is that it is about change. We are constantly growing and I think that sometimes we forget that others are growing too. Sometimes we get frustrated because we feel like we are going backwards, and sometimes we want to go backwards: we want to return to a time when we weren’t forced to accept change within ourselves. More than that though, the poem speaks to the difficulty of looking at how our own growth might adversely affect others, leaving us feeling selfish, confused, and full of remorse. An overarching theme would be the evolving sense of responsibility as we realise we aren’t children anymore- which sometimes turns out to be a more daunting reality than we anticipated. So, if you’re struggling with the idea of growing up then this is for you. You are not alone – and that’s a good thing.
This is a story about evolving, not in relation to you, but in relation to others. To me, this is a story about turning 18.
Poem voiced by Kiara Braum