Transforming Through Weaving Life

We’ve been talking about the documentary Weaving Life for a while now. If you haven’t been paying attention, it’s a student made film– made here at our very own Eastern Mennonite University– about Afghani aid worker, Dan Terry. This documentary is a big deal here at EMU, and is starting to gain some press: it recently aired on ABC.

It finally played on campus and I went to see what I could learn from this man Dan Terry and the people that knew him. The film was beautiful. The audio design was fantastic, from the Midddl Eastern music  to the scratching sound of a pencil on paper. The animation in the movie was great as well. Sophomore Erica Garber did the After Effects work on the animation and it resulted in some stunning effects and a very successful way to show stories of places the filmmakers have never been.

The most successful thing for me, though, was what people had to say after the film played. Cody Troyer, a student who worked on the film, said “Meeting Dan Terry’s family changed how I look at people, especially Afghani people. It was a transforming experience.” This rang true with me, even though all I did was watch the movie. Hearing about Dan Terry and the way he interacted with a people that is generally thought to be hostile by Americans was eye opening. If Dan can open himself that much and give his life to working with a different people and building relationships, than I can at least do small things to help bridge gaps between people. Dan’s life was inspiring, and so was this film.

Artwork by Erica Garber

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This film did more than tell the story of Dan, it has helped people learn what true caring is and it helped Dan’s family grieve and move on. When EMU students contacted his family, they still didn’t have the ability to process Dan’s death. This movie helped them grieve. Just talking about it and sharing stories was therapeutic. Art can do that. It can help you heal and see things differently and more clearly.

How did Weaving Life bring peace to you?

 

-Emma

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