„Slow yourself down and you will see so much more“
The movie “GIVEN” shows the travel of the Goodwin family. The story is told through the eyes of the six-year-old Given, son of the surf-legends Aamion and Daize Goodwin. It enables you to experience the visited places with a typical childish candour and curiosity. The producer Jess Bianchi captured intimated moments of the family, diverse cultural experiences and breathtaking landscapes.
„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“ – Jess Bianchi, Director
Traveling through fifteen countries from the US, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Nepal, Thailand, Peru, the Marshall Islands, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Morocco, Senegal, Japan and Fiji, and using almost every known mode of transportation from tuk tuks to choppers, the film follows the Goodwins on a 14 month meander across the globe. With a soundtrack composed by Gregory Rogove featuring Devendra Banhart and Rodrigo, the music is a subtle bird song into each earth scape, playfully arriving then receding to let nature take center stage.
Given is a movie refreshingly bereft of instructions for its viewers, and faithful to the innocent voice of discovery as narrated by a child. In an overly articulated world, it carries a powerful message in as few words as possible, with no handholding or agenda: Be here now, discover and surrender.