How to Lose Everything: 5 beautiful animated Indigenous short films share personal stories of loss
, 2023-01-27 12:00:16,
From instructions on how to survive tragedy, to parallels between two Scottish and Inuit communities, to a bear named Jesus, the five stories in Losing It All span nations, languages, and perspectives on heartbreak. Stream episodes of How to Lose Everything now on CBC Gem In English, Cree, Anishinaabemowin, Ktunaxa, and Inuktitut.
There was a pause on the phone and a sympathetic exhale before the reporter told me, “I hope one day you don’t have to write about yourself.”
I felt unexpectedly shy in the moment, like they could see how much pain I was really carrying, but I also felt tender and grateful for their hope.
The interview was about my fourth album as a singer-songwriter: my “break-up album” Long Time Leaving. The songs on my previous albums had delved into painful topics like cancer as a child, my leg amputation above the knee, miscarriage, and the death of my two children. After that, the divorce felt like an ordinary heartache to explore, but it was still about personal loss.
That reporter hoped that I had more than trauma to profit from. That one day I may have the space to create work that came from looking outside of myself; work that sprang from the imagination. At the time, I couldn’t see ever getting to that point. It was still too raw.
Sharing my losses through song was the way I expressed myself and how I was able to understand and process my experiences. It is a powerful…
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