"We all grew up in multiple countries
and multiple worlds,
the reasons are different
and where we grew up is completely different
but we are united by this experience."
These are just a few words of the film "Neither here nor There" produced by Eman Ryan Yamazaki. The film is all about third culture kids, growing up among worlds. A trailer can be seen above. Clips of the film will be shown at The Families in Global Transition Conference (FIGT) 2012 in Washington this Friday 30th of March. The DVD of the film is for sale.
It's a documentary that explores cultural identity for people who have grown up in places other than their home culture, known as Third Culture Kids. Through the stories of six people, the film investigates the often overlooked effects on adults who had international upbringings, their struggles to fit in and an eternal search to belong. "Neither Here Nor There," explores the ideas of cultural identity. One person says:
"I am a confusion of cultures, uniquely me"
As you know I was a third culture kid too. I have been thinking about the trailer of the film. I can identify with the people in the film. Their story is just like mine. The following words are my thoughts on this topic.
The past I cannot change,
the future I can try to influence
the present I can make the most of
but most of all I want to accept myself, just the way I am.
I will be happy just because I'm ME.
Mix together a little of these countries: the Netherlands, Zambia, Malawi and Zimbabwe.
Add lots of sunshine
Allow to mature
Sprinkle with some tears
Enjoy the result: ME.
What are your thoughts on this topic?