We do eventually, each of us, come to a consciousness of who we really are and how we interact
with the world around us. We eventually become able to break the culture of silence and
win back the right say our own word that names our world. I Will Tell gives
a voice to those who dare to break the culture of silence in film, provides a platform
for those who are willing to speak up after the film and fans the flame of desire
in other hearts to do the same.
The native Americans are reputed to have this saying: "Tell me a fact and I will learn. Tell me a truth and I will believe. But tell me story and it will live in my heart forever." Story-telling is at the heart of who we are and everything we do. They thrill, inspire and empower us to dream the impossible. They transport us to another realm that allows us to face our greatest fears safely ... and tame them. Without story, our communication becomes a bland lifeless system of information exchange. But story triggers our senses, our emotions, even our memory. Studies indicate that we are 22 times more likely to remember a story than a fact. Stories shape our desires, help our understanding and inspire action. Jesus seems to have used stories more commonly than any other tool for sharing with us the love and wisdom of God. Whether it's in our financial and political networks, our global connections, the way we educate, what we choose to teach, the way we treat people of a different gender or race or persuasion, how we define entertainment, what is reported in the press, how we treat those who are closest to us, story is a tool of power that is used to transform the way we live. The I Will Tell Film Festival exists because, in the words of Robert McKee, "A culture cannot evolve without honest, powerful storytelling." This year’s films are about people who dared to explore the length, breadth, depth and height of story in every facet of human activity. What they discovered along the way will thrill, challenge and inspire you to the core of your being.