About this submission
"Kin" - for kinship. "Opt" - like optical. "-ia," like utopia. At a time of harrowing division, we strive for great empathy. Yet as we 'step into someone else's shoes,' we risk mistaking our filtered perception for another's lived experience. How, then, do we build solidarity, 'solidarity in difference'? "Kinoptia" crafts a space of solidarity and asks if such may exist beyond the screen. Inspired in part by my meeting Adila, who recounts her experience of the 1990s Bosnian war, I ask how we may connect while respecting what we may not understand. I ask what it means to listen.