Singled Out: Sarah Fimm's Everything Becomes Whole
Instead of talking about what inspired me to write this song, I'd like to talk about what inspired the theme for the video, which I feel a much deeper connection with.
Initially, when Erik (my go-to music video director and graphic designer extraordinaire of NYC's Newspeak) and I began to discuss the next video we were going to create, there was no reason to think that this was where we would end up. However, as we spoke more about the plotline, everything began to emulate real life accounts of the survivors of human trafficking.
After more research and becoming graphically acquainted with the realities of human slavery, I had a conversation with a man named Austin. He works with an organization called IJM (International Justice Mission). I was disturbed to learn that his average day is building the next undercover operation that might help to free another human being from a life of forced prostitution and slavery. Shortly after speaking with Austin, my brother coincidentally sent me a documentary called 'The Day My God Died'. It just so happened that the actual rescues of these women were shown, along with Gary Haugen who founded IJM. They depicted the actual rescue of several girls, and the intricate system of corruption behind their imprisonment. In the film, you are also given a glimpse at how these girls often believe they do not want to leave. Many survivors lose their lives inside these brothels. Many of the girls abducted and raped more than 20 times a day are under 15 years old.
These stories, images, and videos are what essentially helped to shape the video for "Everything Becomes Whole". The dark and haunting imagery is a direct metaphor for the darkness and turmoil that is inflicted on the lives of these girls around the world; the mangled dolls were meant to symbolize these girls' lives that have been turned upside down; and finally, the depiction of the male and female relationship that has gone entirely wrong, shows just how much control men have over these girls.
In America, we worry if our iPhone doesn't momentarily retrieve our mail. We worry that the particular Christmas gift our children want, will be sold out at the store before we can get there. I am not saying that we are evil for doing so, but we are certainly absent-minded and foolish if we do not remember that our freedom as individuals is something never to be taken for granted.
With the help of a few gifted people, the idea to create the Inspire Movement has been realized. It was clear that in order for people to want to look at something disturbing, you have to imbue the subject matter with music and art. Thus, I created a website with content, videos, music, stories, and more, where I've called upon all artists and those who care about this subject to create their own art and post it all over the web. The hope is the material shared all over the web will raise awareness for the atrocities of this issue.
We can always post celebrity gossip or the mistakes of asinine politicians, giving them more attention than they deserve. However, in the real world, the ones who need our attention are the ones who have no one to speak for them. No politician is going to speak for them. We as artists have the power. I believe that the voice of ar, and the power of music will be the saving grace of this planet, if there is to be one.
The goal of the Inspire Movement is to create a visible presence of this global problem, so it will be seen and felt for what it is, never forgotten, and never looked upon as something we cannot change.
To find out ways you can make a difference, check out these two great organizations and their tireless work to break the cycle of violence:
The Inspire Movement - http://www.sarahfimm.com/inspire
The International Justice Mission - Check them out at ijm.org, like them on Facebook, or follow them on Twitter @IJMHQ.
The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence -- Check them out at ncadv.org, like them on Facebook, or follow them Twitter @NCADV.
Check out the video right here!