I recently came across this extraordinary film about suicide in Japan. If there is a way to get the entire world to watch, I would do it in a heartbeat. It says so many of the things about suicide that I cannot find the words to express and it does it beautifully. Saving 10,000 – Winning a War on Suicide in Japan is a very worthwhile hour of your time, it covers all aspects of suicide from every possible perspective and is valid for everyone to watch no matter where you are in the world. The film bravely talks about the ugly side of suicide, it takes the “romance” out of the concept and paints a very realistic and truthful picture of what really happens on all sides. If you are considering suicide, you must watch this. If you are a suicide survivor, you must watch this. If you haven’t lost someone to suicide, you must watch this- because at the rate we are going, chances are that you will become a survivor too at some point in your life. Saving 10,000 moved me greatly and I felt I must do whatever I can to help get the word out and share. It was that impactful.
The film’s director, Rene Duignan, gave me permission to share the video on John’s website. This site was my way of paying tribute to John, Saving 10,000 is Rene’s tribute to his friend who committed suicide. The film is garnering a great deal of response in Japan and Rene announced last night that he was putting the film online for free when it was presented in Parliament to 140 people including high ranking politicians. I am certain that all of them felt the impact of this documentary, it is powerful stuff. It is my hope that in some small way, I can help his film gain some momentum and attract a larger audience- I feel that passionately about it after viewing.
Suicide is an epidemic- we must talk about it so that we can make things right again in the world. While it’s too late for my cousin John, it may not be too late for you, your friends, your family or a total stranger you happen to exchange words with. PLEASE take the time to watch and share this movie. Let’s keep the conversation going, say no to suicide and work to save lives. Together we can make a difference.