“And if you can’t see anything beautiful about yourself, get a better mirror, look a little closer, stare a little longer.”
This video will leave you feeling speechless. For anyone who’s ever been picked on, ridiculed or made to feel worthless, listen to the powerful words of Canadian poet, Shane Koyczan. With over a million views in just two days, Koyczan uses spoken word and illustrations to tackle the misconceptions of bullying and depression.
This seven-minute video is part of a anti-bullying campaign. Koyczan wants to spread awareness and get the community together on an issue that cripples so many lives. On the, To This Day Project website, Koyczan explains that his video looks to “further explain the profound and lasting impact bullying can have on an individual.” Shane, who was bullied himself, uses his own painful experiences to create this powerful video.
And who can we thank for these artistic illustrations? Well animation and motion artists were asked to integrate their own unique styles into 20 second segments; the different videos were then pieced together to create one stunning video.
Remember friends, make love not war.