In a rare, but much needed shift in film, Dreamer’s Journey focuses on trauma and abuse experienced by men. Sexual abuse and exploitation against men and boys is too often ignored – not just in film but in all types of media. Dreamer’s Journey focuses a mindful and conscious eye on the lifelong pain and suffering of those who have been abused, particularly as children, and how that suffering aches throughout their whole lives. 

Sleep paralysis – lucid dreams – repressed traumas – lost memories. Daniel (Kitu Turcas) is drowning in a sea of agony, his sleep is riddled with blow by blow playback of his worst fears. Daniel comes face to face with his young self, as he is a horrified, paralyzed witness to his own abuse. Slipping reality pulls the ground out beneath Daniel’s feet- more like quick sand than concrete – quickly and with more ferocity with each night of lost sleep. Shocking, frightening images flash before Daniel’s eyes as he grapples with his sanity – how much of this is his past returning to haunt him – and how much is his grip on reality loosening?

I once heard therapy described as going back to rescue your young self from whatever horrors were done to you. Dreamer’s Journey gives Daniel that opportunity – but the darkness nearly swallows him alive. Dark images and profound memories give Daniel – and us – such severe emotional whiplash it’s almost unbearable. The narrative runs 18 minutes or so long – and encapsulates everything and nothing all at once. Dreamer’s Journey is an experience – and one you have to take in wide awake, with all of your senses.

 

7 out of 10

 

Dreamer’s Journey
RATING:NR
Runtime:18 Mins.
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About the Author: Miranda Riddle

Makeup Artist, Monster Maker, Educator, Producer, Haunt-lover, and all around Halloween freak. When Miranda isn't watching horror films, she's making them happen. When she's not doing either of those things, she's probably dreaming about them. Or baking cookies.