Triggered Life ..... A requiem of healing
Triggered Life( formally called Triggered) Comes in two forms. The Movie version, and The version made for the stage.Triggered Life is a multi sensory, multimedia, post-traumatic story. How exactly does Sexual trauma cast a shadow over the wholeness of black male selfhood? When the shared cultural values of black and brown communities demand that men suppress their vulnerabilities and meet with their psychology alone.
Triggered Life follows a day in the life of two such men, Ishmael and Keith. As these men relive their stories of abusive childhoods, they embark on a journey to define their own manhood and identify. Ishmael and Keith are played by Keith Mascoll SAG-AFTRA, AEA and is directed by John Oluwole Adekoje.
The “Triggered Life ” experience is a two Act 90 minute long tour de force with Act 2 being a grounding, and Trauma informed talkback facilitated by mental health clinicians.
"Triggered Life is a powerful, and riveting monologue that needed to be shared to raise the awareness around childhood trauma and the implications of living through this pain and suffering in silence.”
"When I think of sexual trauma, I rarely think about it in terms of intersectionality. This play helped me to see how race and perspectives of manhood impact trauma responses."
"So incredible, powerful, deep and important. It changed me. I felt it in a way that not all film/art/productions or trainings do."
The Movie version of Triggered Life
Triggered Life Movie version won two Awards at the Las Vegas Black Film Festival April 2022. Best Artistic Film, and Best Actor, and one award at the Roxbury International Film Festival
Director John Oluwole ADEkoje statement:” Here’s a topic very few talk about. Here are two voices speaking from a dark cave. A cave created by friends and family. Here’s where truth must surface. Here’s were the male black body finds peace in courageous action by redefining body language. Here’s were love prevails. The mountain of pain must dissipate. My work here is to attempt to open a door. I hope you all open a lot more.”