Art can help you connect with difficult feelings
Did you get down to the Flatpack Film Festival in Birmingham this last year? The reason I say is that is coming up again this spring. If you got there last year, you probably bagged yourself a real treat. The family and I went to watch an animated film called Zarafa about a little boy known as Maki who befriends a young giraffe (Zarafa) in Africa. The film began with the boy escaping a slave trader and being chased by a vicious dog. He manages to hide with the giraffes and then the mother gets shot by the film’s villain. My heart started to race as I wondered whether this wasn’t quite the right thing for my three year old to be watching.
But, things calmed down and what transpired was a beautiful portrayal of dark versus good and courage versus fear. It reminded me of something I’d read about some years ago about the importance of fairy tales for children. Fairy Tales contain important lessons for kids about life and death. They get to visit deeper fears of loss and survival all within the safety of fiction. This is characteristic of some past greats like Bambi, The Lion King and Finding Nemo. The death of a parent is not an unusual event in the story of these young leads. And, children love them.
As adults we also love a good film. Our favourites might be ones that strike a chord with us; something where a subject matter or human experience is explored that has a meaning in our own lives. You get to feel and to think, which can be refreshing as facing the complexities of our own lives can be a challenge we often run from.
What are your favourite films? What reasons do you have for rating it so highly? Do you think it has some meaning that is pertinent to your life, what you’ve experienced or what you value?
You can do the same with books of course. Reflecting on what something means to you can help you discover what you think. It can help you confront feelings you’ve pushed away and it can tell you more about yourself and what you want from life. These are essential ingredients to staying on top of your stress and anxieties.
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