About this submission
Bearing Witness is a film about PTSD and how trauma manifests. It was inspired by my experiences as the first openly queer student at my Catholic middle school in the south. The film examines how the protagonist, Cyrus Habib, deals with PTSD years after finding the dead body of a murder victim. Writing and directing the film was an avenue for me to explore the ways that being subject to abuse by the administration of my middle school had affected both me and my family.