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“Scars are like tattoos, but with better stories”

During the 2012 Canadian Burn Survivors Conference this summer in Calgary I was able to see a screening of Trial by Fire: Lives Re-Forged, a documentary telling the stories of numerous burn survivors.

The creators of Trial by Fire, Bill Harris and Megan Smith-Harris, did an amazing job of showing such a sensitive subject with beauty and integrity and I have to say that watching the documentary was definitely one of the highlights and one of the low points of the conference for me.

Screening at the conference

How could it be both?

Well, seeing the documentary was similar to when I was conducting my interviews with the participants of my project. I felt so honoured to be hearing these powerful stories, yet they brought up so many emotions about my own burn recovery. It was definitely a cathartic experience.

I highly recommend this documentary for anyone to see whether or not you’re a burn survivor because it shows the power of the human spirit.

Here’s a preview of the documentary if you’re interested:

[youtube=] For more information about Trial by Fire you can also visit their Facebook page or follow them on Twitter.

If you’ve already seen Trial by Fire, I’m interested to know what you thought about it – you can leave a blog comment, Facebook comment, Tweet or email me.

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