Storytelling is one of the oldest art forms known to humanity. Whether it is the biblical narrative of Adam and Eve, the tragedy of Hamlet, or the animated series Toy Story, stories have shaped both people and culture since the beginning of time.
They inform us. They move us. They change us.
And as our team has traveled the world, meeting people anywhere from the Napa Valley wine country to the largest slums in Africa, we have realized that each of us share one thing in common. We all have a story. A story worth telling.
This is the basis not only for the Stories Matter Project (being introduced here), but in what we do. We tell stories through visual mediums. In fact, it’s so central to what we do, we want to become better at it. This collective is simply an avenue for us to experience the beauty and wonder of both humanity’s similarities and differences. We do this to learn, to share, and to be transformed… which is exactly what happened when we met Arkangelo.
Arkangelo is one of the 20,000 Sudanese refugee boys that were displaced during Sudan’s civil war that took place for the better part of the 80s and 90s (1983-2005) – otherwise known as the “Lost Boys of Sudan”. Although Arkangelo’s story is rooted in one of the most brutal civil wars of the modern era, it is his love and care for people than truly defines him. I could tell you the story, but invite you to experience it yourself – along with Wendi, our other featured story.