Ray-Ban has created a film series focusing on social experiments in change. Whether it be smashing plates with apologies on them to symbolically break from the past or staring into a strangers eyes for 4 minutes in hopes to create a connection, Ray-Ban is challenging society’s social norms. The following is a review of two docu-series featured on their site; Sound of Sorry and Eye to Eye.
Sound of Sorry
Having the courage to say sorry can be one of the hardest things to do. Especially if you have wronged someone you care(d) deeply for. The Sound of Sorry is a Ray-Ban documentary that reunites 9 people with the person they have hurt. Are these 9 people brave enough to own up to their mistakes and right their wrong?
The first 3 videos of this series focuses on two brothers, ex-lovers and former friends.
Jay and Brendan are two brothers who reunite after Jay apologizes for being so hard on his younger brother. Jay feels that he had a huge part in shaping his brother’s self-confidence and wants to make up for any wrong doing in the past in order to be closer to his brother.
Lily and Matthew are two ex-lovers who broke up after mutually deciding to focus on themselves. Lily apologies to her former flame about being inconsiderate toward the end of their relationship.
Erik and Susie were good friends in high school until Erik tarnished her reputation after a party. Erik claimed to have hooked up with Susie causing her to lose her reputation and friends. Even when asked to come clean by Susie, he said no. Erik apologies for the lies and any affects it had on Susie.
Eye to Eye
Finding the courage to open your heart isn’t easy. It makes you vulnerable and that is often seen as a weakness in society. However, it should been seen as a strength. Your experiences, and opinions are the very things that make you, you.
Studies have shown that looking into someone’s eyes for just 4 minutes can create a deeply emotional and meaningful connection. In this series complete strangers answer 36 questions and open their hearts to one another.
Walter is a NYC paramedic with a traditional upbringing and Daniella is a transgender woman who bounced from home to home as a young teen. The two sit in front of each other and ask the questions provided to them. We learn that Daniella was dumped from her foster home because she came out to her foster mother as transgender. From there she lived in the subway for a long period of time because she didn’t want to have to go into a home where there was no love. Luckily for her, she found her biological mother who loves and accepts her. We learn that Walter has also faced hardship. He had a partner, Jeremy, shoot himself in the head due to the stress of being a paramedic.
Miles is a man who had two alcoholic parents; he and his brother were forced to raise themselves and Lorelei is a woman who was raised by her young father, uncle and grandma. We learn that Miles discovered his dying mother at age 13 after coming home from soccer practice. Around the same age, Lorelei discovered she had crohn’s disease and went to the hospital in the nick of time. Had she stayed home another day she probably would have died.
Mustafa is a boxer who escaped life on the streets and Victoria is small town girl from Upstate NY who braved tragedy at a young age. Victoria tells Mustafa that her parents died when she was young and that her caretaker, her grandmother, died shortly after. This death really messed her up and affected her into adulthood, however she is still grateful to have the capacity to love after all the tragedy she faced at such a young age.
The #ITTAKESCOURAGE campaign features a total of 6 acts: Open Your Heart, Push Yourself, Fight Perfection, Face Critics, Do Your Part and Unplug (not yet available).
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