GIVEN is the simple yet powerfully contemplative story of a unique family legacy come full circle. Told through the visceral experience of a 6-year-old child, GIVEN follows legendary surfers Aamion and Daize Goodwin from their island home of Kauai through 15 different countries in the quest for surf and to fulfill a calling handed down through generations. Set in wave after wave of stunningly visual earthscapes across the globe, GIVEN blooms into a tender yet stirring exploration of a young boy’s understanding of life through his familial bonds and their reverence for nature.
Just the sheer statistics from their journey are jaw dropping — 10,429 miles traveled by ground, 82,621 miles by air, 40 cities visited, 22 modes of transportation, 17 languages and 1,547 pounds of checked baggage. It’s a grand experiment to provide a life-changing adventure and education for the Goodwin kids, to pass along a legacy of Aamion’s unconventional upbringing around the world.
An amalgam of BOYHOOD with the young Given as the central character and shot through his perspective, and the lush, beautiful cinematography and stream of consciousness narrative of BARAKA, GIVEN the film, is deeply moving, parlaying the humbling contrast of a small voice voyaging through a big world and finding its way home again.