“Alongside other parents I hope that we can truly understand the challenges that our children are up against with this ever present entity, ‘the internet’. At times it feels a silent snake, slowly slithering and deeply infiltrating the integrity of our moral compass.”
– Kim Laureen ‘Director Selfless’
It seems questions are placed upon our heart with hope that it will ignite a flame of curiosity to encourage an answer.
As a mother and a film maker I feel urgency as I look around and see heads down – engaged in some ‘thing’ that holds one captive miles away from where you stand.
Recent studies are telling us that 50% more kids are depressed today than they were 20 years ago – why, because they are choosing to be home alone on their screens vs. spending time with friends.
Snapchat is telling us they are putting up over 3 billion posts every single day – with Instagram boosting over 100 million.
Imagine what we could do with all that time!
These numbers are staggering- but even more alarming is the fact that 66% of our girls are uploading sexually explicit photos in these places, while 93% of our boys are experiencing their first sexual awakening there.
Make no mistake – we are in an epidemic!
Selfless is a documentary aspiring to light youth up and inspire them to see how their world opens up – when they close those windows.
How are we spending the precious time bestowed upon us and where will our footsteps lead the next generation?
Our hope is to good things.
Instead of pointing at unhealthy behaviours we focus on youth making a difference in their communities – showing how full life can truly be, when free from those chains that bind.
Our quest with Selfless began in Vancouver B.C. and takes us to the hills of Totnes, England. We are traveling near and far to tap into the can do spirits of some amazing people, who touch on the cornerstones of humanity.
Our next stop is Laguna Beach, California to film with Ryan Hickman – a seven year old with a heart for the environment and the marine mammals that inhabit it.
Stay with us as we bring you on a journey that will make your heart yearn for days gone by and fill it with hope for amazing days to come.
Let our youth rise up in Selfless – a film filled with colour – music and love.
Have a peek at our storyboard reel to see what’s next.