SFU student video sends messages of hope to US after Trump's election

Nov 18 2016, 6:11 am

SFU students in Burnaby are sending uplifting messages of hope to our neighbours down south worried about what Donald Trump’s presidency could mean for their country.

Spoken word artist Timo Sargent is the mastermind behind the project, performing a piece in the video, and capturing positive thoughts on camera on campus.

The 23-year-old tells Daily Hive he felt inspired to make the video after seeing so many people who are already directly standing up and using their voice following Trump’s win.

“Coming from a Jewish family, and being close with many people from historically marginalized groups, it felt easy to believe that what we’re seeing in the States mirrors what we’ve seen in Europe,” said Sargent.

“Namely anti-Semitic, anti-Muslim, anti-immigration, anti-“Other” rhetoric gaining institutional support through electoral victories.”

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Sargent said the video took four days of filming, re-filming, editing, writing, and recording and involved about 30 students from SFU.

More than 16,000 people have viewed the video since it was posted on Facebook on Monday.

“I hope the video reminds everyone (myself included) that love, progress, and equality will always win out,” said Sargent in an email.

“We’ve come so far– even just in my short lifetime– and that isn’t going to stop.”

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