United States, 2016, 74 min.
This film is family friendly.
Given is the simple yet powerfully contemplative story of a unique family legacy come full circle. Told through the visceral experience of a 6 year old, Given follows legendary surfers Aamion and Daize Goodwin from their island home of Kauai through 15 different countries in the quest for surf and to fulfill a calling handed down through generations. Set in wave after wave of stunningly visual earthscapes, Given blooms into a tender yet stirring exploration of a young boy's understanding of life through his familial bonds and their reverence for nature. Deeply moving, Given gives us the humbling contrast of a small voice voyaging through a big world as it finds its way home again.
Given, to me, was as much about the passing of knowledge from father to son as it was about searching for a new way to tell a story. In a time of cinema that is over saturated with unnecessary sex, violence, and drama, Given was an exploration, a quest into positive film making. I purposefully choose to avoid any traditional drama arcs with the intent to engage and inspire the audience to view movies differently. My hope for this film is that the viewer will be able to see the wisdom that comes from the eyes of a child and the guidance of a loved one.
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