Watch TED Talk by 'Alaskaland' Director Chinonye Chukwu on Her Struggle with Depression & "Choosing to Live"
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Watch TED Talk by 'Alaskaland' Director Chinonye Chukwu on Her Struggle with Depression & "Choosing to Live"

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We have been following filmmaker and teacher Chinonye Chukwu since her first feature film, "Alaskaland," back in 2012 (it screened at film festivals globally, including the Chicago International Film Festival), and who, aside from making films, is currently an assistant professor of motion pictures at Wright State University in Dayton Ohio.

But this is not to say that it’s been an easy road for Ms. Chukwu, or that she has always been so self-assured in who she is and what she wanted to do. In fact, for many years, it’s been a personal struggle for her and she candidly wrote about her battles with the fear of rejection and shame for S & A three years ago, and how she came to the realization that it was her perceived failures that made her stronger and more confident.

However, in this TED talk from October, she goes even further revealing publicly for the first time, her struggles with severe depression, even to the point of a suicide attempt. 

But it was her passion to become a filmmaker and her experiences teaching that led her to find her own voice and purpose in life, discovering that she is, as she puts it, "enough" and that she has finally been able to gain the inner peace and self awareness that had eluded her for so long.

It’s a truly wonderful and inspiring speech that you should watch, whether you’re filmmaker or not, or just someone who’s looking for their own inner peace.

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