Berni’s Journey (directed by Bernadette Slowey) What if you pursued your dream only to have it become a nightmare, forcing you to question yourself and everything you thought you believed? Banking executive Berni had idealized the American Dream from her earliest memories as a child evacuating Saigon, and later fleeing her war-torn home in Iran. When the married mother of two leaves a toxic work environment and a successful 20-year career, she suddenly finds herself at a crossroads, facing an identity crisis.
The movie Berni’s Journey represents broken dreams and the challenges we confront when faced with an unwelcome transition. Berni’s personal journey begins with a mission to turn her childhood passion for film into a meaningful career. Fate intervenes when she is invited to attend a spirituality conference in India. Looking for answers to difficult transitions, Berni plans to interview the speakers during the conference and on a pre-arranged group tour afterward. Her leap of faith seems destined as pieces fall into place, but after arriving in India she discovers the conference isn’t what she envisioned, and the tour has been cancelled.
Berni is on the verge of a meltdown. She has risked time and money on what now feels like an impulsive whim. However, when the conference concludes and the spiritual leaders join the intimate film group to salvage their planned tour, the camera’s focus shifts. Berni’s drive for perfection comes full circle in the moment when she confronts her biggest fear.
Stunning imagery is interwoven with the unplanned path this career-driven-professional-turned-filmmaker takes on a quest of self discovery and ultimately, transformation.
Released in 2015
Running time: 61 minutes
1:00 pm on Fri., Nov. 6th at the Grange
3:00 pm on Sat., Nov 7th at the Grange