The examination of self-care as radical action to process violence, trauma, and grief in your own time and space . ~ELEPHANT~ A film by MARIA JUDICE .
ELEPHANT is a *long-form film exploring the body, space, and mental health of those witnessing and undergoing oppression, assault, trauma, and loss. A woman witnesses the murder of a young boy. Subsequently, she suffers a mental breakdown questioning all humanity while embracing her fear. Incapable of leaving her apartment for a prolonged period of time she explores her space in reference to her body, her body in reference to inanimate objects, time in reference to the time it takes for her to build back resilience and once again engage in life. She explores death and murder in the present, in a historical context, and within her existential paralysis obsessing over her own impending death. She demands time out of her success-driven life to process not just the trauma she’s witnessed but the generational impact violence on a community. She confronts the violence by naming it and standing visibly shaken to her community. She leans for support. She talks with a therapist. She pushes against the pressures to “put it out of her mind.” She finds a way through the darkness and back to life on her own time, in her own way and with her own understanding of the rising apathy towards it all.