Such a beautiful, uplifting short film and story, a must for anyone touched by or facing a debilitating health challenge. Be warned, you will not be able to watch this film without a box of tissues nor avoid feeling an overwhelming sense of gratitude for learning about Jill's story.
Why gratitude you ask? This film was put together by a group of 8 women irrevocably moved by another young woman's determination to challenge herself to see her true light in spite of her circumstances. What makes this story extraordinary is this young woman's wish to share her very raw and painful journey with the world in hope that it may benefit other women experiencing the devastating news of a cancer diagnosis. For that alone we must be grateful. Perhaps even more poignant is the film's message to stop and look beyond the obvious beauty that we see on a daily basis and choose to be empowered by the far more relevant and meaningful truth that we carry with us, inside, always, regardless of how our bodies function or look.
As a photographer I was moved and inspired by the power behind this movement, instigated and executed by visual story tellers. A united team of eight talented, dedicated women who gave their time, their craft and hearts to fly to Paris to not only tell Jill's story but share this moment with her. This initiative was inspired, lead and produced by Sue Bryce an Australian Photographer with an unequalled gift for connecting with women, whilst the film was directed by Queensland based Hailey Bartholomew a truly unique story teller with an uplifting, colourful style that leaves you wanting more. There in lies a plethora of inspiration and call to action for all creatives, to reach out and consider where we can contribute and share our gifts.
Of course it's not just creatives that can reach out and get involved in worthwhile initiatives. Likewise, we can't all fly to Paris to help shoot a short film. We can however share this film with everyone we know, with all our friends and family and across all our social networks. Together we can help Jill spread her message of love and hopefully inspire other women facing the same circumstances.
With only a couple of days before Christmas this has to be one of the most accessible and meaningful gifts we can pass on. Please share.