Have you or do you know someone with a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), including concussions, that changed your/their behaviors, cognitively, emotionally, physically, and/or spiritually?
Three years into Aliss' TBI recovery, unemployed from the tech industry, she realized she could no longer return to the state she used to be in corporate America. As she struggled to make sense of everything that was changing about her, she realized she could still dream, and inspired by creative conscious festivals and gatherings, she reached for her dreams as a child:
Go to Egypt to explore the meaning of life and learn about mysticism, and make her own film. She was supported by attaining a scholarship to Egypt to film herself and an eclectic group of musicians, artists, writers, event producers who were attending an event of a lifetime, The Great Convergence. Armed with a camcorder, a camera, a GoPro, and an audio recorder, she set out to realize her dreams. As all adventures and journeys go, there are external and internal challenges one will come to face. Alas, camera equipment were taken from her hotel room, and many images and videos of the Great Pyramid and Giza are elsewhere in the ether.
Yet it is through the repeated process of loss and grief, that Aliss and Dream.Shift.Inspire. film continued to evolve, and not give up. Cinematographer, Francis Kenny inspired Aliss with the message that "a documentary is a (hero/heroine's) journey of discovery, you never know exactly where you're going to end up."
This is the weaving of stories and insights from Aliss' story of recovery and the film's journey of inspiration to keep moving forward despite the odds.
Re-membering and healing parts within ourselves that most need to be held, acknowledged, and validated as enough, and worthy to be loved beyond measure as we are.