I recently watched a film on Identity. It was called “Identity: The Andrew Nemr Story,” and of course a movie called “Identity” is something that I’m going to watch.
If you want to see a trailer for it – You can do so here. Identity: The Andrew Nemr Story.
First of all, it’s the best film to walk though identity formation. You can clearly see the stages of Identity Formation and the process of developing an ‘integrated identity framework’ to fully live out the multiple expressions of identities and roles that you might live out in your life. If you’re wanting to see a film that clearly shows you the process – and possibly where you might be in your identity formation process – you have to watch this film.
Here are some of the ideas (not all of the ideas) covered in this film. These are my reflections of the film – not necessarily the themes that they cover – but it’s there.
- The Real Self (True Self) and the Projected Self (False Self) are always both at play at the same time. You can fight this dynamic, but it’s always playing itself out in the background.
- Identity Exploration is part of the process. Andrew describes his exploration of identity – race, vocation, passion, and so many other things.
- Words Create Worlds – Andrew tells you what words helped him shape his identity – positively, negatively; words that he felt he was stuck with, but then also words that he took on that he chose as his identity.
- “Expose all of my stories.” Our narratives shape us. He shares his narratives – phrases – words that have shaped his stories. But he is still in the process of writing his story.
- Parents will pass on their identity narratives – consciously or subconsciously. He didn’t necessarily say this, but he did share something that his dad said – that shaped him.
- The underlying story – We all have an underlying narrative that shapes the way that you see yourself and think about your identity. What’s the underlying narrative of your identity story.
- Look for the Lies of identity that Andrew shares – that’s all I’m going to say about that.
- The Embodiment of Love – when Andrew explains this, it is a wonderful picture of identity achievement. After all the exploration – identity is achieved, but the identity process doesn’t end. Andrew still writes the narrative of his identity.
It’s so good, and I have watched it a few times. I will probably use it for my courses or any seminars on identity. There are so many more ideas and theories that are happening underneath it all – but watch it and see what emerges for you and what you see. I hope you watch it, and if you do – I would love to hear your thoughts about it. Plus – give Andrew some love on IG as well – Andrew Nemr.