Scott Jones’ story is both horrifying and triumphant.
It’s the kind of tale you cringe at hearing, but Jones’ tenacity in the face of everything he’s struggled with has made for an inspiring documentary work.
The trust Jones is able to give real-life friend Laura Marie Wayne, who documents things start to finish, allows for a raw and satisfying depiction of who Scott is, where he comes from and where he’s going.
It follows the events after a brutal attack outside a bar in Nova Scotia, one both documentarian and subject insist was a crime motivated by hate for Jones’ sexuality.
It was a night that left Jones paralyzed from the waist down and in a wheelchair, but it doesn’t wallow.
Jones is a motivated human who mobilized all those around him to effect change and show that love conquers hate, always and forever.
Through his activism, his public speaking and all the strength he gains himself and the kindness and help he gives others in the LGBTQ+ community, Jones has made a difference in this province and in the lives of many.
This is an inspiring film that shows Jones at face value, and he isn’t afraid to be seen when he’s vulnerable.
Through his best friend, Wayne, and her lens, you’ll see Jones’ uplifting perspectives, but also the sadness he feels at the fact his attacker was never charged with a hate crime.
It’s a call-to-action film that has a serious, important purpose, and one we should all pay attention to.
You will come away moved and ready to fight for the rights of the LGBTQ+ community members in your own lives you love.
Viewers also may just think a little differently about how far we’ve come in 2018, and how far we still have to go.
With any luck, after seeing this incredible documentary, you’ll love Scott and his life outlook as much as I did.