We Watched the Clouds Form Shapes

A couple spend the day together and end it watching the clouds.

Creative team

Writer/director: Israel Ekanem
Producers: Israel Ekanem, Monica Bell-Ekanem

Filmmaker’s statement

Losing a loved one is difficult. It can be even more heartwrenching when they die by suicide. More than 90% of people who commit suicide have a mental or addictive disorder.

There is a stigma that comes with having a mental illness so, rather than talk about it, some people prefer to keep the illness to themselves. It’s only when something drastic (like dying by suicide) happens that some people take note.

Just because a person has a ‘nice’ life doesn’t mean they don’t have challenges. We should make it easy for people that need help to get it and if you know of someone with any mental illness or suicidal thoughts, please reach out to them.

The process of making We Watched the Clouds Form Shapes was a catharsis and helped in dealing with the loss of a friend who died by suicide.

We should learn to talk and not only on January 25 [Bell Let’s Talk Day 2018].

About Israel Ekanem

Israel Ekanem

Israel Ekanem was introduced to the art of storytelling by his grandmother, Lydia. He fell in love with storytelling and it’s been his passion for years. The stories he initially shared would be spoken or written but he always felt the camera would give the stories more life.

He got a camcorder as a birthday gift and has been shooting and sharing stories ever since. He believes that a story, properly told, can change the world one person at a time.

He hopes to keep telling stories as long as he lives.

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