The Journey to Calicut

By Amy Rowland,

Sitting in the Dubai airport waiting to board our flight into Calicut feels nothing short of surreal. The journey has been long, but has definitely felt longer than it was. However, our journey together as TeaHouse Films has just begun.

So much time and effort has gone into these two weeks that it’s hard for me to imagine what it will feel like when we actually get there. However, I’ve chosen personally to dedicate myself for these two weeks to achieving a specific goal.

I’m challenge myself to always be present. It’s so incredibly hard to leave school for a short amount of time, skip a week of classes and obligations, and try not to think about that fact at all. The reality of the situation is that we only get these two weeks. There is no rewind button, this is raw, real life. Shots we want to get have to be done when we see them. We need to try to make real connections and relationships with people we meet because the bottom line is they’ve welcomed us into their community with no questions asked. Everything is time sensitive and the pressure is starting to build just thinking about it.

But amidst all of this, we must be present in the moment. We must not forget that the people we are speaking to are people not subjects. Most importantly, this is their life. To know these things and to be present at all times will enhance my experience and allow me to gain the most out of every moment. If I return home and all I’ve achieved is a list of new friends and two weeks worth of stories, I’ll have done everything right. (For the record, a few interviews and observational shots would help our case as well)