Today we’d like to introduce you to Andrew Williams.
Andrew, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
My story began with a recent journey to discover self love. Within this journey I traveled backwards to one of the first memories where I first felt anger, embarrassment; where I first felt like I was an issue.
When I was about seven years old, I attended a daycare after school. Because both of my parents were hard full time workers my grandmother would take on the role of picking me up. One of the times she came one of the day care staff members would not let her go with me. My ethnicity is of polish, french, and african descent. My grandmother is a visibly blue eyes white woman, and I am a visibly black male. At this time the roles at which these things played in our society were hidden to me until there was an altercation at the daycare because they would not let me go home with my grandmother. They didn’t believe I was her blood, and as I looked around at the other kids watching my grandmother verbally grow anger I noticed something that I had only felt in subtleties before.
Why didn’t I look like her, and what did this mean? In this moment as I looked around I felt for the first time, like myself, my skin, was in violation of something; I was introduced to my categorized position in society. She became my white grandmother and I became her black grandson and from then on I’d notice they way people would stare.
Moments like these made me a frequent adapter, out of fear, and each time I adapted our fear of being an issue I created a layer of shame and an unauthentic layer to cover myself.
I grew up in the city of Burbank, California – socialized and categorized as a suburban black male; In that very same home town. I have made it my goal to seek social justice reform, through education, media, and law enforcement, by offering an open ear to others like myself who are experiencing the same thing. As a screenwriter, poet, and filmmaker these experiences are depicted at large in my work and I aim to explore the versions of ourselves hidung, under our societies labels to show how beautifully different and the same we are as humans but how divided we can be due oppressive socio economic issues.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
The biggest obstacle was and has been curating an authentic version of myself beyond the veil of society’s idea of race; one that I could build a foundation from. The deeper I go the harder it can be but the more I feel like I’m walking a genuine spiritual path.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
Currently, my team and I screenwrite and shoot documentary and Narrative Film centered around some of the voices that get lost within the minority of society’s hierarchical class. We are currently curating a documentary that explores the question; does racism live more inside our systems or our hearts as human beings.
We are taking an unconventional approach to the documentary in regards to our interviewing process. Each interview feels like a sit down discussion; attached to each interview is a unique visual depiction that reflects the painful socialization some of our subjects have endured. I think our motive to explore humanity through and beyond the scope race in of itself is something that we love to delve into. We believe that all humans have the capability to change once the right language is translated from one human to the next. We believe that race being something that spiritually and intellectually divides us is in a sense a bi product of humanities’ frequent association with wanting cheap labor. We are extremely proud of how these conversations have been healing for our subjects and ourselves. We discover along the way that there are patterns between our subjects that have created long-lasting psychological effects that have shaped the way they live their lives and we hope to break the thresholds and divisions created by our socioeconomic system.
How can people work with you, collaborate with you or support you?
You can support us by visiting our website, watching our trailer and if you feel connected to our work in any sense, even if you have a contact to recommend, please contact us through the number and email that will be provided. We are always looking for people to work and collaborate with that share an interest in our lens, whether it’s through screenplay, film, or other platforms of literature and art. To view our trailer for our documentary, you can find us at ourvoiceless.com.
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