Voices is a documentary short, written and directed by Brian Culkin, that explores the gap between trauma and healing; the spoken and the unspeakable; and the refugee and the citizen.
In June 2011, the Sabri family - a Shia family living within chaotic and violent post-Hussein Baghdad - was unwillingly thrust into a collective traumatic encounter: their home was targeted and bombed by Sunni militants.
Forced into exile, the young family was relocated to a Turkish refugee camp where they spent a year waiting for asylum status. Eventually, they were relocated to Kentucky with the assistance of the Survivor's of Torture Recovery Center - a sub institution of the University of Louisville's Kent School of Social Work.
The consequences of trauma can not simply be reduced to a fracturing of the Self, such consequences must also take into the account the disruption it wields upon the very medium we use to articulate who our Self even is: our voice. To lose one's Self is to necessarily lose the primary means of its expression; how one makes contact and form intimacy with others, and how one speaks of their own experience.
And in the same way, the losses induced by trauma become inverted in the process of healing: to reclaim one's Self from the effects of unspeakable tragedy, is to also reclaim one's power of enunciation, one's voice.