Aamion and he wife Daize swim with their son, Given, in the surf. (©GIVEN)
GIVEN is a breathtaking documentary that follows the 14-month journey of a legendary surfing couple and their two children traveling the world in search of waves and culture. Daize and Aamion Goodwin set off from their home on Kauai, Hawaii, with their newborn daughter Truth and six year-old son Given, who narrates the film. Their incredible journey traverses six continents, forty cities, seventeen languages and twenty-two modes of transportation.
GIVEN releases on March 4, 2017.
What inspired this project?
Jess Bianchi, director: The Goodwin's life style and Aamion’s upbringing. Their life focus is purely what is best for their kids. Aamion’s unique upbringing is something that I personally really wish I had. His father focused on what nature has to offer and learning from cultures that hadn’t been modernized. As a result he has life skills that could some day be forgotten.
What is the message you hope to get across?
Aamion: We would love to just inspire people to look outside the box. Our society revolves around fear. The media is constantly highlighting the negatives around this amazing planet we get to call home. Our kids need to be stimulated outdoors, even if we just camp with them in the back yard. For us travel is the best form of schooling. It allows us to see things with open eyes and gather our own information. Look, see, feel, digest then apply. We as a race need to lock arms and rise up for our children and theirs to come. Let's focus on what's right out our front door. Let's have a positive impact on our community's. We are all connected.
Was this intended to inspire people to travel or will that just end up being a major byproduct?
Aamion: Most definitely. Get out there and see all the beautiful people and places. I recommend going to the outskirts of what ever place you go. This is where you will find the true culture of the place.
Bianchi: Yes and No. It wasn’t necessarily intended to inspire people to travel the globe, but rather break away from any mental restraints that is keeping you from experiencing all that life has to offer.
What was is hardest part about filming and what was the most exciting?
Aamion: The hardest part was having to change as a person but—with that said—it was also the most rewarding. It's challenging enough to travel with a family of four. In this case we had nine to 10 humans at all times. So if you had a problem with something or someone you had to talk about it and move forward and with this comes growth. We all changed for the better.