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May I Take Your Arm trailer
Hello everyone, I’m Alex Bulmer. In April of this year, I moved to a part of the city I did not know at all. [VOICES]
— May I take your arm?
— Yes, sure!
— Yes, you may!
— Okay, I’ll take your right one.
“May I take your arm?” is the first thing I said to people in my new neighbourhood.[VOICES]
— May I take your arm?
— Absolutely. Now just to let you know, I am in a power wheelchair.
— May I take your arm?
— Yes, of course.
— We’re gonna go for a walk together.
We talked…. It was all an attempt to help me understand where in the world I had landed.[VOICES]
— Where are we right now?
— Where are we gonna go?
— And, where are we going?
— We’re going to go to the farm.
— Oh great! [FARM ANIMALS]
— So, how long have you been visiting Riverdale Farm?
— There’s a cow!!!
— Are the cows in a field or are they in a pen?
— They’re in a pen. They’re in a pen right now, yeah.
— Aww…. Do they ever get to wander out of pens or do they….
— I don’t think so.
— Oh no….
— And now we are entering the little archways at the, um, entrance to Necropolis.
— Yes, it’s one of the oldest, um, cemeteries, um….
— What’s that one say?
— Hmm, this is very funny…well, interesting…not funny necessarily. I think the family name is Dye.
— Oh no! [LAUGHTER]
— D-Y-E not D-I-E.
— Oh that is funny. Okay, D-y-e.
— Yes, and there’s all these beloved wives.
— Okay. He had a lot of beloved wives. Okay, so this is Dye….
[CHILDREN PLAYING OUTSIDE]
— And where are we going?
— Well, I just like the parks around the neighbourhood because there is like a few of them. They’re kind of like isolated islands in the Caribbean. And I just like to walk around in them and see the trees…. Oh, there is a tree here! — Can I feel the tree?
— Yeah, come this way.
— It’s so great….
— Alex Bulmer, it’s Janis Purdy!
[VOICES ECHO IN HALLWAY]
— I can’t believe it.
— And these are 12 of my Beaver Scouts surrounding you!
— Why do you need that thing?
— Why do I need a white cane? Does anybody want to take a guess?
— Um, ‘cuz, ‘cuz you can’t see, so you have to swing it around so you can know where you’re going!
— Aww! [CLAPS HANDS] That’s exactly right! I have to swing it around so that I know where I’m going. Because I’m blind.
— Okay, so now we are walking down a hallway?
— Yes. Yeah, the door’s opening right now. So….
Over here, is the roof!
— Oh wow!
— So you can hear all the sounds. It’s actually pretty bright outside right now. It’s really…it’s so amazing. This is like the smell…. More of a smell garden.
— So like when you smell over here.
— Over here….
What started as a genuine need turned into…well..this: a pilot production in development with Red Dress Productions. Art that asks, “How do any of us turn space into place into home?”
Reflections from Countdown participants
— We’d been dreaming about doing something that brings the idea of sexual violence into the light of day. This opens a conversation in a different way about resiliency, about surviving, about moving forward — sheer numbers.
— We’re talking about the first-ever monument to honour survivors of sexual violence in the little town of Eganville.
— We’re using pebbles or stone as our permanent monument. The elders always tell us that stones are the oldest people on planet earth. They’re our storytellers, they’re our archivists. We can’t, I don’t think, underestimate the grounding-ness of stones.
— It appears massive, but is made up of small, sort of, moving parts – which, I think, aptly describes life.
— What do I see in it? Uh, like, when a drop of water falls and hits the water and creates a series of rings.
— That’s very much what happens, I think, with people who have experienced sexual violence – is that it makes an impact — there is an interruption, an impact on the way you view the world after something like that has happened.
— I felt all through this that it’s been something that I would like to — and I talked to different people, the care, the carrying, I guess, of this — not allowing the what came out of the creation of this or what was evoked from this, to just let it dissipate.
— This has given people a chance to talk about — ah — um — subjects that are, um, hidden and a chance to express themselves in ways that perhaps they hadn’t thought they could before, so it’s wonderful.
— Society is starting to take a stand in starting to stand up against violence against women, so the more awareness we can bring to it, the better.
— Hopefully the project is just the beginning, and I think is just going to be a snowball effect and we’ll see more and more communities take a part in that and having a visual reminder that sexual violence happens, and you know, we’re not going to remain silent any more.