"Children have an enormous capacity to adapt to insanity."
– Nathan McCall, Makes Me Wanna Holler
The Word Is Love examines what happens to children as the result of parental arrest and incarceration. Teaching workshops in creative expression to our subjects allowed me to build a bond of trust necessary to record their stories. We played theatre games, made up stories and re-enacted them, drew pictures – self-portraits, portraits of family – and wrote letters – letters to parents –letters to God. The theme of all of this work was consistent – they can’t understand why they are without a parent and want this parent to come home and be part of their lives. And often – too often – they blame themselves for what has happened to a parent. They deeply believe that with enough love, they can make everything right. We have followed some of these children for more than a decade. We will tell their stories in a four part series:
The Moment of Arrest