Faces of Brain Injury is a film showcasing the unique stories of five VBIS clients, each an inspiring retelling of a life impacted by brain injury.
Acquired brain injury results from damage to the brain that occurs after birth – and no two injuries are alike. A brain injury can be the result of a sports-related concussion, a stroke, a car crash, anoxia, and so much more. 1.5 million Canadians have had their lives significantly impacted by brain injury, yet over half of us know little to nothing about them.
As an invisible injury, it can be challenging to perceive, understand, and appropriately interact with brain injury survivors. A survivor’s change in behaviour and ability can be confusing for their peers, fuelling discrimination and stigma. Oftentimes, this leads individuals who’ve experienced a concussion or brain injury to struggle with their mental health, become financially unstable, and socially isolated.
In March 2022, the Victoria Brain Injury Society (VBIS) decided to respond to these issues by initiating a brand new, client-centred project, titled Faces of Brain Injury. The project involved 16 interviews with VBIS clients, each an inspiring retelling of a unique life impacted by injury. Five interviews were recorded and turned into a film with the help of Shadow Reels Media.
The full film (35:49) can be seen below, and individual segments are also available for viewing on our YouTube channel.
On September 13th, Faces of Brain Injury premiered at the Vic Theatre, attracting over 100 guests. Given the film’s crucial message and clear impact on these initial viewers, the Victoria Brain Injury Society is hoping to showcase it to the widest possible audience.