Posted by | November 04, 2013 | Uncategorized | 8 Comments

Welcome to Silences Film. If you have seen the film and would like to leave feedback, ask me questions or share your own personal experiences please leave a comment below. Thanks and enjoy. Octavio




  • Marilyn Jones-Gotman says:

    Excellent film. I hope it will be successful and that it will be viewed by a wide audience.

  • Freda V. Coleman-Reed says:

    Moving documentary! Race, the silent elephant in the room that everyone was in collusion to deny. The need for identity and belonging is more than race but the significance of race in our culture means it is, inextricably, woven into who we are and how we are treated. I’ll use your documentary in my Introduction to Social Work class, specifically, about family, roles, identity, and perception of self.

    Cheers back to you!

    Freda Coleman-Reed
    Instructor, Social Work Department
    University of North Alabama

  • Karen says:

    Thanks for sharing your story Octavio. I am the mother of a biracial son so it certainly struck a chord with me.

  • Tracy says:

    My reply is late, because this film was made a while ago I believe. Just wanted to say, I admire Octavio’s strength and courage to make this film about his family. Sometimes ‘family’ is a tough thing, whether your bi-racial or not. But I really enoyed this film, it was sad at some parts, but very touching and moving. Especially the ending. I applaud Octavio and I think he is a brilliant film-maker. I wish him and his family the best. I know he has great things ahead in his future!

    Tracey : )

  • Corina Chong says:

    Thanks for sharing your story! Having grown up in a mixed-race family myself, it’s fascinating to me to see how families negotiate racism in ways aimed at protecting their children, but often end up unknowingly harming them with silence. I hope you continue to explore issues of race in your work!

  • Mona Lisa Chavez Esqueda says:

    Watched the film which was passed on to me from faculty at the University of Utah due to my interest in research on the topic of individuals who identify as mixed (racially/culturally/ethnically). Thank you for making this film. Touches poignantly on the existential reality of the mixed identity in contemporary society. Beautiful, touching and timely or maybe….it is about time the dialogue begins in America.

  • M says:

    I think that this film is also about how Octavio is influenced by the society’s traditional view of a family. He could not see his adoptive father as a true father and needed to know his biological father to accept himself in a community that didn’t. If I was told that my parents are not my biological parents, trust me that I would not feel any need to find my biological parents because I love and view my parents as my parents. I know who I am. I know my identity.

    I feel sad for Octavio. In his quest to find this individual who did not parent him, he seems to have lost the trust of his mother forever. Why else would she have asked at the end, “I don’t know if you see mine in yours” or something like that.

  • Emily Bruce says:

    I love when people share the TRUTH of their lives. Silences are damaging; and cutting through the silence is fraught with emotional danger. The resolute and couragous person seeks the truth, and understands that seeking the truth is not zero sum. One can have the truth AND maintain the love to those who are afraid of the truth. Very impressive Octavio Warnock-Graham. I hope that many are able to see and understand the truth of your experience; and congratulations to your mom, who overcame her fear to share the truth with you. You two will be close again — it is a process.
    – Emily Bruce

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